30 MEPs who could be affected by the proposed consultation ban | Communal room


More than 30 MPs could be affected if they were prohibited from holding consultancy or advisory positions outside of their parliamentary work, as is under consideration by the standards committee.

It is not against the rules for MEPs to provide consultancy work to companies. They must register it in the register of financial interests and must not lobby the government on behalf of the companies that pay them – like Owen Paterson did.

Among the highest paid people is Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell, who receives £ 182,600 a year for 32.5 days of work for companies such as accountants Ernst & Young and investment firm Investec. Former minister Chris Grayling earns £ 100,000 a year from Hutchison Ports Europe, while former chief whip Julian Smith earns £ 144,000 a year from companies such as a distribution company hydrogen and a marine renovation company.

Here is a list of MPs earning money for advisory or consultancy work, the majority of whom are Conservative Party members. There is no suggestion of wrongdoing.

Andrew Mitchell, Sutton Coldfield (Conservative)

  • Advisor providing general business advice to Arch Emerging Partners, £ 15,000 per year for 2.5 days, plus commission for any new business start-up

  • Senior Advisor on African Issues to SouthBridge, a Rwanda-based investment bank, earning £ 39,600 per year for 9 days

Julian Smith, Skipton and Ripon (Conservative)

  • External business development advisor for hydrogen distribution company, Ryse Hydrogen, earning £ 60,000 per year for 20 hours

  • External business development advisor to marine and property renovation company MJM Marine, earning £ 60,000 per year for 30-40 hours

Chris Grayling, Epsom and Ewell (curator)

Mark Garnier, Wyre Forest (Conservative)

  • Member of the advisory board of satellite start-up Laser Light Communications, earning £ 60,000 per year for 120 hours

Sir Ed Davey, Kingston and Surbiton (Liberal Democrats)

  • Consultant on Policy Issues and Policy Analysis for Herbert Smith Freehills, earning £ 60,000 per year for 72 hours

  • Member of the Advisory Board of Next Energy Capital, an investment and asset manager specializing in the international solar sector, earning £ 18,000 per year for 48 hours

Alun Cairns, Vale of Glamorgan (Conservative)

  • Senior Advisor to BBI Group, a global life sciences and diagnostics company, earning £ 15,000 per year for up to 70 hours

  • Senior advisor to private rental transport company Veezu Holdings, earning £ 15,000 per year for up to 70 hours

  • Adviser to global real estate investment firm Elite Partners Capital Pte, earning £ 30,000 per year for up to 84 hours

Ruth Edwards, Rushcliffe (Conservative)

  • Advisor to MHR International, which produces HR and payroll software and solutions, earning £ 60,000 per year for 192 hours. She provides advice on the public sector, technology strategy and cybersecurity.

Stephen Hammond, Wimbledon (Conservative)

  • Strategic advisor to investment firm Darwin Alternative Investments, providing policy advice on business and finance, earning £ 60,000 per year for 50 to 100 hours.

Steve Brine, Winchester (Conservative)

  • Strategic advisor to healthcare recruiting firm, Remedium Partners, earning £ 19,200 per year for 96 hours

David Davis, Haltemprice and Howden (curator)

  • Member of the advisory board of German investment firm, THI Holdings GmbH, earning £ 33,900 per year for 16 hours

  • Chairman of the supervisory board of German real estate company Kohlgartenstrasse 15 Verwaltungs AG, earning £ 16,948 per year for 168 hours

Sir John Hayes, South Holland and The Deepings (Conservative)

  • Strategic advisor to international energy company BB Energy Trading, earning £ 50,000 per year for 80-90 hours

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Chingford and Woodford Green (Conservative)

  • Member of the international advisory board of Tunstall Health Group, earning £ 20,000 per year for up to 30 hours

  • Adviser to the board of directors of Byotrol Technology, a UK company which develops and produces antiviral / antibacterial products, earning £ 25,000 per year for 144 hours

Damian Green, Ashford (Conservative)

Tim Loughton, East Worthing and Shoreham (Conservative)

  • Adviser to the board of directors of Outcomes First, which provides care to vulnerable young people, earning £ 37,000 per year for 144 hours

Daniel Kawczynski, Shrewsbury and Atcham (Conservative)

  • Consultant providing general advice to US mining company The Electrum Group, £ 36,000 per year for 360 hours

Andrew Percy, Brigg and Goole (curator)

  • Member of the advisory board of Iogen Corporation, a Canadian clean energy company, earning £ 36,000 per year for 72 hours

Khalid Mahmood, Birmingham Perry Barr (Work)

  • Consultant for the thinktank Policy Exchange, earning £ 25,000 per year for up to 180 hours. It advises on extremism, social cohesion and vocational learning / training.

Laurence Robertson, Tewkesbury (Conservative)

  • Parliamentary Adviser on Sport and Safer Gambling to the Betting and Gaming Council, earning £ 24,000 per year for 120 hours

Richard Fuller, North East Bedfordshire (Conservative)

  • Advisory director of venture capital firm Investcorp Securities, earning £ 20,000 per year for 48 hours (plus an additional £ 29,900 for 19 hours in 2021 so far)

Sir Robert Neill, Bromley and Chislehurst (Conservative)

  • Substantia Group Real Estate and Business Advisory Consultant, earning £ 12,000 per year for 72 hours

  • Strategic and communications advice to the Masonic Charitable Foundation, earning £ 7,500 for 10 hours (one-time payment)

Royston Smith, Southampton, Itchen (Conservative)

Sir Greg Knight, East Yorkshire (Conservative)

  • Adviser to Cambridge and Counties Bank, providing general advice on business and public relations, earning £ 16,000 per year for 108 hours

Ben Everitt, Milton Keynes North (Conservative)

  • Strategic advisor to the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, earning £ 15,000 per year for 60-80 hours

Andrew Bridgen, North West Leicestershire (Conservative)

  • Adviser to Mere Plantations, a company that grows teak in Ghana, earning £ 12,000 per year for 96 hours. He advises on business and international politics.

Philip Davies, Shipley (Conservative)

  • Parliamentary adviser on pawnbroking to the National Pawnbroking Association, earning £ 12,000 per year for 60 to 120 hours

Sir Graham Brady, Altrincham and Sale West (Conservative)

  • Communications and Marketing Strategy Advisor for Snowshill Allied Holdings, earning £ 10,000 per year for 12 hours

Chris Skidmore, Kingswood (Conservative)

  • Member of the Oxford International Education Group Advisory Board, earning £ 10,000 per year for 48-96 hours. He advises on higher education and the recruitment of international students.

Paul Maynard, Blackpool North and Cleveleys (Conservative)

John Redwood, Wokingham (Conservative)

Andrew Lewer, Northampton-Sud (Conservative)

  • Consultant providing public policy advice to Penelope Thornton hotels, earning £ 4,800 per year for 48 hours

Dean Russell, Watford (Conservative)

  • Marketing and training content consulting for business training provider EPIFNY Consulting, earning £ 2,100 for 30 hours in 2021


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