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Boris Johnson: top earner in the British Parliament thanks to high extra income


British MPs earned a total of eight million pounds last year on top of their politicians' salary. More than a quarter of that went into the pockets of ex-Prime Minister Johnson alone.

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Boris Johnson: As a simple member of parliament, he has to disclose his additional income

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British MPs must disclose ancillary income, including former Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

A list of the data from the past year now proves what many will have already suspected: no British parliamentarian earns as much money as the former head of government.

According to reports in the British media, all MPs together earned around eight million pounds (equivalent to a good 9,069,652 euros) from non-parliamentary activities last year.

Much of that goes to Johnson, who tops the list.

He alone has earned £2.3 million (equivalent to a good 2.6 million euros) on top of his MP salary.

This is reportedly £84,000 ($100,000).

Almost all of Johnson's perks have reportedly come in after he vacated the post of prime minister in September.

Johnson was paid for several speeches.

The remuneration for these appearances amounts to a total of 1.8 million pounds (a good 2 million euros).

At the end of the year it was also announced that the former prime minister had signed a book deal.

Publisher HarperCollins wants to print Johnson's memoirs - and has already paid an advance of more than £500,000 (568,000 euros).

The work is said to be about Johnson's time at the head of the British government.

Also high on the list of top earners among UK MPs is Theresa May. Johnson's predecessor at 10 Downing Street reported £965,000m (more than €1m) in extra earnings.

Her additional income also comes from fees for speeches.

In third place on the list is former Attorney General Sir Geoffrey Cox, who also earned the equivalent of more than a million euros with his legal work.


Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2023-01-30

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