The highest-earning MPs of 2016 are revealed today – including 14 fatcats who were paid more than the Prime Minister.
Former Chancellor George Osborne tops a list of eight Tories and a single Lib Dem whose massive second incomes were higher than the PM’s entire £150,402-a-year salary.
A further five Tory MPs also earned more than Theresa May once their £75,000-a-year MPs’ salary is taken into account.
Not a single Labour MP made the list of top earners, with only a handful holding second jobs at all.
“Families who have struggled with wage freezes, welfare cuts and rising prices throughout 2016 will be sickened to see the huge sums these part-time MPs have been raking in through their second jobs,” said Labour MP Karl Turner.
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“The Tories keep saying we are all in it together when they’re in Parliament, but the truth is that many of them are quietly cashing in on the side.”
Mr Osborne’s astonishing £627,891 from public speaking fees since being sacked from the Government in July put him top of the fatcat list for 2016, just ahead of another former Tory Chancellor, Ken Clarke, who trousered £599,160.
Mr Clarke also earned large sums from public speaking, and this year landed a huge six-figure advance for his memoirs.
Backbencher Geoffrey Cox was in third on £569,455 after working hundreds of hours as a part-time barrister, while oil executive and Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi was in fourth.
Mr Zahawi has been pocketing an eye-watering cash bonus of £26,000 every two months this year from Gulf Keystone Petroleum, on top of a staggering £240,000-a-year salary.
Boris Johnson was in fifth due to his book royalties and his lucrative £250,000-a-year newspaper column, which he wrote for the first six months of the year before giving it up on being made Foreign Secretary.
“People like Osborne, Clarke and Johnson seem to see politics as another step on the get-rich-quick ladder, rather than a way to improve people’s lives,” Mr Turner added.
Reality TV star and Mid-Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorries was in sixth place after pocketing a cool £333,467 this year, largely from her second job as a best-selling author.
Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, landed £245,423 from a series of part-time executive and advisory roles to big business.
Nick Clegg is the only non-Tory on the list after raking in almost £200,000 from making speeches about his days as Deputy Prime Minister in the Coalition Government.
His vast earnings also included £15,000 from the BBC for hosting Have I Got News For You.
The highest-earning Labour MP was backbencher Jess Phillips, who has received a £50,000 advance for a book she is writing.
There is no suggestion any of the MPs have broken any rules, as there are currently no limits on the amount a backbencher can earn from second jobs as long as all the cash is listed on the Register of Members’ Interests.
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband had pledged a clampdown on MPs’ second jobs if he had won the 2015 general election.
Last night Katie Ghose, chief executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said it was high time the lax rules were reviewed.
“Some MPs need to practice their profession outside Parliament in order to keep their licences – for example if they are nurses, doctors or lawyers – and that is absolutely right,” she said.
“Parliament should be a diverse place, welcome to people from all walks of life.
“However, there always needs to be a balance, and putting hundreds of hours per year into another job other than serving constituents could undermine their ability to properly serve the public, if the situation is totally unchecked.
“Clearly a review of the current set up would be welcome and would show that the Commons can and does act when concerns like this are raised.”
Mr Osborne, Parliament’s highest-earning MP, insisted last month he was doing nothing wrong by cashing in on his days as Chancellor.
“As a member of parliament I declare all my income, so people can see that,” he said.
“It’s very similar to what previous chancellors, Labour and Conservatives, have done in the past.”
The 14 highest-earning MPs of 2016
1. George Osborne (Con) – £627,891
2. Ken Clarke (Con) – £599,160
3. Geoffrey Cox (Con) – £577,868
4. Nadhim Zahawi (Con) – £359,746
5. Boris Johnson (Con) – £356,459
6. Nadine Dorries (Con) – £333,467
7. Sir Nicholas Soames (Con) – £245,423
8. Sir Edward Garnier (Con) – £233,910
9. Nick Clegg (Lib Dem) – £193,040
10. Fiona Bruce (Con) – £145,350
11. Jeremy Quin (Con) £117,552
12. Andrew Mitchell (Con) £115,200
13. Henry Bellingham (Con) – £113,000
14. Sir Alan Duncan (Con) – £90,000
Earnings listed above do not include MPs’ basic salary of £74,962 or any Ministerial pay.
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