The Conservative MP for the Cotswolds has faced a call to give up his earnings outside Parliament.
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, has challenged Geoffrey Clifton-Brown to put an end to his substantial second income after it was revealed that the MP has earned an average of £860 per hour from his second job.
Following an article in the Wilts and Glos Standard, Cllr Hodgkinson throws down the gauntlet by committing to have no earnings outside Parliament if elected next year:
“I call on Mr Clifton-Brown to ask his agreement to something which seems to me fundamental.
“Serving constituents full time is in my opinion a basic requirement of being an MP. The job of an MP pays four times the average full-time salary in the Cotswolds. It comes with additional allowances for certain aspects of the job, and expenses for travel and other costs. Most of an MP’s constituents would be extremely grateful to receive such benefits.
According to the Parliamentary register of the MP’s declared interests Mr Clifton-Brown has received a total of £125,000 from August 2011 until November 2013 from earnings outside Westminster. This was for a total of 80 days work, or 478 hours. This equates to an average rate of £5,000 per day or £860 per hour.
Cllr Hodgkinson commented:
” I have nothing against high earnings but if I am elected as MP in May 2015 I will be a full time MP. I will close down my business and will take no other income from work outside Parliament. I can’t see how I would have the time, but as a matter of principle I will be a full time MP concentrating only on that role and nothing else.
“If those extra days were spent in the constituency could they not have added something to society? Could they not have been used to Improve services locally? Or change something?
Councillor Hodgkinson (CDC, Churn Valley) makes it clear that nothing other than being a full time representative for the Cotswolds is acceptable:
“Will Mr Clifton-Brown commit today to taking no further earnings from outside Parliament? Will he follow my lead in agreeing to being a full time MP?”
Mr Clifton-Brown has been the MP for the Cotswolds since 1992 and featured prominently in the expenses scandal in 2009 when he ‘flipped’ his £3 million home in Daglingworth.