The top five London MPs for outside earnings

Via a survey carried out for comes this list of the top five London MPs for annual outside earnings on top of their MP salary of £65,738:

  1. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, MP for Kensington (Con) – upwards of £240,000
  2. Nick Raynsford, MP for Greenwich and Woolwich (Lab) – £60,657
  3. Mark Field, MP for Cities of London and Westminster (Con) – £41,740
  4. Jo Johnson, MP for Orpington (Con) – £12,314
  5. Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (Lab) – £10,326

What do you think of these figures: good to see MPs having a range of activities or bad to see MPs spending time earning these sorts of sums?


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  • What on earth does Malcolm Riffkind do to pocket that kind of money given surely his ‘government links’ as an ex-Cabenet member must be getting quite rusty. Even Charles Clarke didn’t manage to make that much out of his multiple extra jobs after he lost his Cabinet post in the last parliament.

  • I think he has something to do with a defence contracting firm – I vaguely recall seeing him mentioned in that context on Newsnight back when defence contractors in Iraq was an issue. Not sure though so don’t quote me on it.

  • Sandra Folliot 30th Sep '11 - 11:29am

    this is rather meaningless if we don’t know HOW they earned that money.

  • david thorpe 30th Sep '11 - 1:54pm

    rifkind is a qc and with a directorship or two could pick up that kind of money easily

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