Multi-millionaire Tory MP at the centre of the second jobs scandal earns £47,000 for just 34 hours work

  • Sir Geoffrey Cox was furious when his work as a lawyer in the Caribbean was exposed
  • It earned him some £5.5m as a barrister, sparking calls for earnings crackdown 
  • He was paid handsomely to work for an international law company. 

The multi-millionaire Tory grandee at the centre of the second jobs scandal has disclosed nearly £50,000 in extra earnings for just 34 hours work.

Sir Geoffrey Cox, QC caused fury after it was revealed by the Daily Mail that the ex-attorney general had voted remotely in Parliament while he did legal work in Jamaica.

It earned him £5.5million as a barrister over the past decade, prompting calls for a crackdown on MPs’ outside earnings.

It has now emerged that the MP for Torridge and West Devon was paid £47,387 for 34 hours of legal services provided to international law firm Withers LLP in September.

Sir Geoffrey Cox (pictured) has disclosed nearly £50,000 in extra earnings for just 34 hours work

Sir Geoffrey Cox (pictured) has disclosed nearly £50,000 in extra earnings for just 34 hours work

The figures from the updated register of MPs’ financial interests show he pocketed £1,393 per hour, compared to the £1,209 per hour he received in August.

Sir Geoffrey, who is the richest MP in the country was said to have been working for Withers’ corruption inquiry during September of last year.

The firm also pays him £400,000 a year as a ‘consultant global counsel’.

Sir Geoffrey gets £81,932 per year for being an MP – a sum he’d earn in just 58 hours at his second job rate.

On September 14, he was charged with violating parliamentary rules when he performed paid work in support of the British Virgin Islands inquiry at a Commons Office.

The rules state that MPs cannot use the parliamentary offices to obtain ‘personal or economic benefit.

Ministers warned MPs that they might face a ‘earning limitation’ for second jobs after the revelations.

The September footage that was published showed him taking part in a virtual meeting from the Commons Office. He appeared briefly for approximately half an hour.

His absence coincided with a vote about the Government’s funding reforms for health and social services.

He left the meeting later, asking for forgiveness.

“I fear I have other obligations.

“Forgive me for being absent during some parts of this morning. The bell went off, I am afraid.

It is an apparent reference to the division alarm that sounds in the Commons whenever MPs call to vote.

His website stated that at that time: “He believes he did not violate the rules. However, he will be accepting the decision of either the Committee or the Parliamentary Commissioner.” [on Public Standards]This is the bottom line.

“Sir Geoffrey works regularly 70 hour weeks, and ensures that the casework he does for his constituents is of primary importance. He also makes sure it’s fully completed.

Labour demanded a standard investigation of his office use, but Commissioner Kathryn Stone refused to do so.

Sir Geoffrey and Withers have been reached out for comment.