Sir Geoffrey Cox, an ex-attorney general insists that he’s “pursuing an honorable profession” as Tory MP. He defends second job as lawyer and demands his constituents’ ‘full dedication at all times.

  • Sir Geoffrey Cox, an ex-attorney general who is now a Tory MP, defended the second job.
  • Sir Geoffrey claimed that he believes he’s not affecting public trust in politicians
  • Sir Geoffrey stated that he was pursuing an ‘honorable profession’ as a barrister 

Sir Geoffrey Cox, former attorney general, has said that he had a second job as Tory MP while he was serving. He claimed that he’s pursuing an honorable profession by being a barrister. 

Sir Geoffrey denied that he had caused damage to trust in politicians during an ongoing scandal in Westminster.

His Torridge constituents and West Devon constituents had to ‘get my total commitment at all costs’, he said. 

ITV News told him he’d been “voted in many times” and hoped to keep the judgment of the electorate at his side next time.     

Former attorney general Sir Geoffrey Cox has defended having a second job while serving as a Tory MP as he insisted he is 'pursuing an honourable profession' by working as a barrister

Sir Geoffrey Cox was the former attorney general and he has since defended his second job, while still serving as Tory MP. He said he is “pursuing an honourable career” by becoming a barrister.

Labour accused Sir Geoffrey of “taking the mick” after he participated in a Zoom hearing to investigate corruption in British Virgin Islands. 

He sparked a huge political row and heaped pressure on Boris Johnson after it was revealed he voted remotely from the Caribbean during lockdown while working his £1million second job.

Also, he conducted an hearing at the corrupt commission through video-link via his parliamentary office. This prompted calls for an investigation.   

Sir Geoffrey tried to survive the storm. He issued only one statement, but made a few appearances at the Commons.

Sir Geoffrey, who was speaking publicly about the subject for the first-time, was asked whether he had been guilty of “Tory sleaze”. 

He replied: ‘No, of course not. I am doing in Parliament exactly what John Smith did, what Bob Marshall-Andrews did, what Alex Carlisle did, what dozens of very distinguished Labour and Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs have done for generations in Parliament which is to practise the law.’

Asked by ITV News if he believed he had damaged the public’s trust in politicians, Sir Geoffrey replied: ‘Well, I can’t see why because all I have been doing is pursuing an honourable profession and looking after my constituency which is what I am doing now.’

He added: ‘They (the electorate) get my full commitment at all times which is what I am doing this evening… and at all times of my time as MP in this constituency I have given my constituents my full commitment.

‘I have been voted in many times and I look forward to abiding by the judgement of the electorate next time.’

Sir Geoffrey stated in his first statement that he didn’t believe he had broken the rules when he was ‘in his office’ while voting online in the House of Commons and participating in the public inquiry.

The Torridge and West Devon MP was accused of 'taking the mick' after he took part in a Zoom hearing for an inquiry into corruption in the British Virgin Islands last week

Following his participation in last week’s Zoom hearing, Torridge’s West Devon MP was charged with ‘taking advantage’ of the situation by allegedly ‘taking the microphone’.

The statement stated that he understood the matter had been referred by the Parliamentary Commissioner, and would fully cooperate in her investigation. 

“He believes he did not violate the rules and will, however, accept the judgement of the Parliamentary Commissar or the Committee.” 

The most recent register of financial interests showed that Sir Geoffrey will earn more than £800,000 from Withers, an international law firm appointed by the British Virgin Islands (BVI) government in January.

Sir Geoffrey also disclosed in the register that from September 28 this year until further notice, he will be paid £400,000 a year by Withers for up to 41 hours of work per month.