Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead MPs earning fortunes from second jobs

MPS in Slough, Windsor, and Maidenhead have raked in millions of pounds from second jobs, gifts, and donations, according to a recent analysis.

Data conducted by Sky News and Tortoise found the Conservative Party declared £76m in total since the 2019 election and the Labour Party declared £32.4m.

Slough Observer: Theresa MayTheresa May (Image: PA)

Topping the list was Maidenhead MP and former Prime Minister Theresa May, who banked £2.8m outside her parliamentary work.

This was primarily from giving speeches to organisations in the US, such as the Cambridge Speaker Series in California (£408,200) and JP Morgan Chase Bank (£160,700).

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Mrs May has declared 37 sources of earnings, donations, gifts, and other benefits – including Brown University (£115,000).

However, she draws £85,000 from this pot and the rest of the money goes towards paying for her private office, promotions of her public life, and charitable donations.

The Conservative MP beats other well-known recipients, such as former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who received more than £1m since October for just giving four speeches.

Slough Observer: Adam AfriyieAdam Afriyie

Windsor’s long-standing MP Adam Afriyie only has one registered interest listed in this analysis. He received one gift worth £10,330 from the Global Tobacco and Nicotine Forum trust.

A spokesperson for the Conservative MP said Adam represented the UK at a conference in the US in September 2022, during recess, and the register reflects the transport, visa, food, and accommodation costs for that event.

He did not receive any payment for speaking at the conference, the spokesperson added.

Slough Observer: Tanmanjeet Singh DhesiTanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Image: Parliament)

Meanwhile, Slough’s MP declared £24,220 in total since December 2019 – with Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs paying £7,260 to fly him to the country shortly after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in 2021.

He said he went to Qatar with dozens of other MPs from various parties to discuss Qatar’s humanitarian response following the UK’s sudden withdrawal from Afghanistan, workers’ rights, and UK and Qatar relations.

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The trip was paid for by Qatar as Parliament does not provide enough support compared to the US and EU for MPs to make foreign visits.

Mr Dhesi also earned £6,750 from his appearance on Talk TV and £4,000 from the Friends of Windsor Labour Hall.

However, Tan said the Talk TV earnings were donated directly by that channel to Slough charities, including Slough Homeless Our Concern and Slough Food Banks.

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