Obiter spotted last week that former justice minister Jonathan Djanogly earned more as a consultant than as an MP in 2014.
There are some consolations to getting the sack, especially if it’s from a ministerial post. The member for Huntingdon registered 12 payments of £5,000 each from City firm King & Wood Mallesons LLP, formerly SJ Berwin where Djanogly was previously a partner.
The services ranged from four to 15 hours’ work for the firm. On average he worked 7.5 hours for every £5,000 payment. The register also shows his company received £12,500 for 10 hours of consultancy services provided to UK investment house Oakley Capital Limited.
Djanogly left the Ministry of Justice in September 2012 after seeing the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act through the Commons.
Meanwhile, former justice secretary Jack Straw, who served in the post from June 2007 to May 2010, registered income of more than £100,000 in his interests for 2014.
Straw received £60,000 in consultancy fees from commodity traders ED&F MAN Holdings during the year, spread over four payments.
He also received a total of almost £30,000 in fees for speaking assignments in Nigeria, Turkey, Portugal and Paris. More modestly, he collected £150 for appearing on the BBC’s Any Questions. Good to know where the licence fee is going.