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How Geoffrey Cox lined his pockets as he ‘moonlighted’ for 10,700 hours on his ‘second job’ 


Sir Geoffrey Cox has earned greater than £5.5 million from his work as a lawyer whereas he has been an MP, the Every day Mail can reveal right this moment.

The previous Legal professional Normal, who’s going through a sleaze probe, labored 10,700 hours for the huge sum, which dwarfed his wage as an MP, official data present.

Boris Johnson has been rocked by the general public outcry over the revelation that Sir Geoffrey voted in Parliament remotely from the Caribbean for weeks throughout lockdown whereas advising the federal government of the British Virgin Islands, a tax haven accused of corruption. Final night time, the Prime Minister tried to learn the riot act to MPs, telling them: ‘It’s essential to put your job as an MP first and you will need to commit your self primarily and above all to your constituents.’

Mr Johnson mentioned MPs who broke the foundations ought to be ‘punished’. And in an indication of concern that the sleaze row is damaging Britain’s worldwide fame, he instructed the UN-sponsored local weather summit in Glasgow that the UK ‘isn’t a remotely corrupt nation, and nor do I imagine our establishments are corrupt’.

Sir Geoffrey Cox (pictured) has earned greater than £5.5 million from his work as a lawyer whereas he has been an MP, the Every day Mail can reveal right this moment

However the PM backed the best of MPs to proceed taking paid second jobs, saying that they had ‘truly strengthened our democracy’ over centuries.

His effort to convey MPs again into line was undermined by a defiant assertion from Sir Geoffrey, during which he claimed his work journey to the Caribbean throughout lockdown in April had been sanctioned by the Authorities’s chief whip Mark Spencer.

Final night time it was claimed Sir Geoffrey was in one other tax haven – Mauritius – for enterprise this week.

The Every day Mirror reported that the MP was on a ‘quick enterprise journey’ on the island nation the place he met ‘fairly just a few folks’ for conferences.

A authorities supply instructed the Mail they didn’t know the place Sir Geoffrey was, however they anticipated he can be again in Parliament subsequent week.

The former Attorney General, who is facing a sleaze probe, worked 10,700 hours for the vast sum, which dwarfed his salary as an MP, official records show

The previous Legal professional Normal, who’s going through a sleaze probe, labored 10,700 hours for the huge sum, which dwarfed his wage as an MP, official data present

It got here as:

  • Parliamentary Requirements Commissioner Kathryn Stone was contemplating launching a sleaze probe over allegations Sir Geoffrey used his taxpayer-funded Commons workplace to conduct work on his Caribbean contract;
  • Scottish Tory chief Douglas Ross mentioned the PM ought to apologise after getting it ‘very badly mistaken’ in his bid to dam the suspension of former minister Owen Paterson for breaking lobbying guidelines;
  • Andrew Bowie stop as vice-chairman of the Tory occasion after telling pals he might now not defend the PM’s dealing with of sleaze allegations;
  • Video footage confirmed Sir Geoffrey complaining that the necessity to register exterior work was a ‘profound invasion’ into an MP’s life;
  • Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle mentioned former MPs concerned in lobbying ought to be banned from holding parliamentary passes;
  • Polling guru Sir John Curtice mentioned it was changing into clear the sleaze row had ‘price the Conservatives some assist’.

Sir Geoffrey didn’t reply to questions from the Mail yesterday over his big earnings from ‘moonlighting’. However in a press release posted on his web site, the previous Cupboard minister mentioned he ‘makes no secret’ of his exterior work, which is recorded in Parliament’s register of MPs’ pursuits.

Evaluation of his entries by the Mail present he has been paid £5.5 million for 10,700 hours of outdoor authorized work since 2009 – when MPs had been first compelled to declare the dimensions of their earnings. In some years, he has devoted a median of greater than 30 hours every week to his second jobs.

In his assertion yesterday he claimed to ‘often work 70-hour weeks’ and insisted that his constituency work was ‘given main significance and absolutely carried out’.

Authorities sources instructed reporters on Tuesday that Mr Spencer had reprimanded Sir Geoffrey and ordered him to be ‘bodily current’ in Parliament. However in a dangerous response, Sir Geoffrey mentioned he had knowledgeable Mr Spencer that he deliberate to vote by proxy from the Caribbean and been instructed it was ‘acceptable’.

The declare will elevate contemporary questions in regards to the judgment of Mr Spencer, who’s underneath stress from Tory MPs over the botched try to avoid wasting Mr Paterson, which resulted in a humiliating U-turn.

Video footage seems to indicate Sir Geoffrey addressing the British Virgin Islands inquiry through video hyperlink from his Commons workplace on September 14. Labour referred the footage to the Parliamentary Requirements Commissioner, and prompt Sir Geoffrey might have damaged guidelines stating MPs should ‘be sure that their use of public assets is at all times in assist of their parliamentary duties’.

Sir Geoffrey mentioned he would ‘absolutely co-operate’ however he ‘didn’t imagine he had breached the foundations’.

Final night time there was rising anger amongst Tory MPs in the direction of the PM over his dealing with of the Paterson case.

One senior MP mentioned there ‘plenty of very sad folks’, including: ‘Boris has did not get a grip on this and it’s now at risk of spiralling utterly uncontrolled.’

One other mentioned: ‘He’s proper to say folks ought to be punished for lobbying, but it surely was solely final week that he compelled us by way of the lobbies to stop that occuring to Owen Paterson. He’s in every single place.’ 

Good work if you may get it 

By Simon Walters and Martin Beckford for the Every day Mail

The staggering element of how Sir Geoffrey Cox earned greater than £5.5 million from ‘moonlighting’ as a lawyer may be revealed right this moment.

Data present the previous Cupboard Minister has spent a staggering 10,700 hours on his ‘second job’ since 2009, lining his pockets as a number one barrister.

He devoted nearly 30 hours every week to his authorized work in some years, incomes a median of greater than £500 an hour, in accordance with the Commons Register of Pursuits.

Sir Geoffrey’s recorded £5.51 million exterior earnings would have been far greater had he not spent a 12 months and a half as Legal professional Normal – or if it included comparable earnings from his first 4 years within the Commons when MPs weren’t required to provide particulars of such pay.

The ten,700 hours Sir Geoffrey has dedicated to non-parliamentary personal work previously 12 years is equal to 5 years of a traditional 40-hour working week.

A few of it was earned overseas, together with the Cayman Islands – a widely known tax haven just like the British Virgin Islands, the place his controversial work linked to an anti-corruption drive has received him into hassle. In 2014, Sir Geoffrey efficiently defended the previous premier of the Caribbean territory, McKeeva Bush, in a corruption trial.

The staggering detail of how Sir Geoffrey Cox earned more than £5.5 million from ¿moonlighting¿ as a lawyer can be revealed today (file image)

The staggering element of how Sir Geoffrey Cox earned greater than £5.5 million from ‘moonlighting’ as a lawyer may be revealed right this moment (file picture)

The MP is now going through the prospect of an inquiry by the Requirements Commissioner over his work for the British Virgin Islands in a corruption case introduced by the UK Authorities.

A video has emerged of him sitting in his Commons workplace whereas taking part remotely within the inquiry, in obvious breach of guidelines that ban MPs from utilizing their publicly funded places of work for non-parliamentary work.

A press release from his workplace mentioned: ‘As for the allegation that he breached the parliamentary code of conduct on one event, on September 14, 2021, by being in his workplace whereas taking part in a web-based listening to within the public inquiry and voting within the Home of Commons, he understands the matter has been referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner and he’ll absolutely co-operate together with her investigation.

‘He doesn’t imagine that he breached the foundations however will after all settle for the judgment of the Parliamentary Commissioner or of the committee on the matter.’

Sir Geoffrey, 61, has been a barrister since 1982, lengthy earlier than he entered politics, and was appointed a QC in 2003.

Records show the former Cabinet Minister has spent a staggering 10,700 hours on his ¿second job¿ since 2009, lining his pockets as a leading barrister (file image)

Data present the previous Cupboard Minister has spent a staggering 10,700 hours on his ‘second job’ since 2009, lining his pockets as a number one barrister (file picture)

He carried on together with his career after being elected because the Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon in 2005. Initially, his entries within the Register of Members’ Monetary Pursuits merely declared that he earned cash from ‘Observe on the Bar of England and Wales’.

However beginning in 2009, as the foundations had been tightened, he was required to file each penny he earned as a sought-after barrister protecting all the things from legal trials to advising overseas states.

In whole, his declared exterior earnings stand at £5.51 million, however he has additionally been paid near £800,000 as an MP over the identical interval. Sir Geoffrey additionally acquired a ministerial wage of £94,450 when he was Legal professional Normal, that means he would have acquired shut to a different £150,000 in the course of the 18 months he held the publish.

In addition to solicitors’ corporations in London who instructed him, he has been paid by the federal government of Mauritius and authorized chambers within the Cayman Islands, Dubai and India. In September 2020, he turned ‘advisor international counsel’ to worldwide regulation agency Withers, incomes £468,000 for as much as 48 hours’ work a month.

As of this month, his wage has gone right down to £400,000 for as much as 41 hours’ work every month.

One in all Sir Geoffrey’s greatest paydays was a £325,000 cost from London regulation agency Janes for 500 hours’ work in 2015.

He devoted almost 30 hours a week to his legal work in some years, earning an average of more than £500 an hour, according to the Commons Register of Interests (file image)

He devoted nearly 30 hours every week to his authorized work in some years, incomes a median of greater than £500 an hour, in accordance with the Commons Register of Pursuits (file picture)

Along with his huge annual wage from Withers, he has acquired a number of further funds from the agency in current months, equal to greater than £1,000 an hour. He billed £63,143 for 50 hours’ work in June – equal to £1,262 an hour. In the identical month, London regulation agency Khan Partnership paid him £4,166 for 4 hours’ work – £1,041 an hour.

This was nearly 100 instances greater than his constituents usually earn, with the median hourly pay in his constituency standing at £10.48 an hour in 2020, in accordance with the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics.

A press release issued on Sir Geoffrey’s behalf yesterday mentioned: ‘He’s a number one barrister in England and makes no secret of his skilled actions. Sir Geoffrey often works 70-hour weeks and at all times ensures that his casework on behalf of his constituents is given main significance and absolutely carried out.’

Labour MP Anneliese Dodds mentioned: ‘This 12 months Tory MP Geoffrey Cox earned over £700,000 defending a tax haven in opposition to corruption costs. This 12 months the Conservatives minimize £7.4 million in Common Credit score from his Torridge and West Devon constituency. You’ll be able to’t serve your constituents and be a Caribbean-based barrister.’

Did lockdown loophole let him dodge journey ban?

By Jason Groves and Glen Keogh for the Every day Mail

The previous lawyer normal is assumed to have used a loophole in lockdown legal guidelines to fly to the Caribbean in late April when nearly all overseas journey was banned.

Sir Geoffrey Cox has thus far refused to make clear precisely when he was within the British Virgin Islands to work on his profitable second job.

However native reviews counsel he arrived on April 26, three weeks earlier than the British Authorities lifted the ban on worldwide journey. There have been restricted exemptions for these deemed to be on ‘important’ enterprise.

Courtroom paperwork state Sir Geoffrey was at an inquiry within the island’s capital Tortola on Could 13 and Could 18. 9 days later he posted photos on Twitter opening a brand new social centre at Hartford Bridge Park in Devon.

On the time, the British Virgin Islands had been on the UK’s amber journey record, that means anybody returning needed to isolate at house for ten days. However a Whitehall supply identified that the Authorities had launched a ‘take a look at and launch’ scheme.

Sun seeking: Sir Geoffrey in Devon in May, days after being in the British Virgin Islands

Solar in search of: Sir Geoffrey in Devon in Could, days after being within the British Virgin Islands 

This noticed very restricted exemptions for ‘crown servants’, overseas diplomats and important employees to keep away from quarantine after as little as 5 days if that they had a adverse PCR take a look at.

Sir Geoffrey didn’t reply to questions yesterday about when he travelled, or what quarantine preparations he undertook.

He made a second go to to the Caribbean islands the next month. He’s advising the federal government of the BVI, a tax haven accused of corruption, in an inquiry ordered by the British Overseas Workplace. Reporters had been instructed this week that Sir Geoffrey is ‘overseas’.

His spouse Jeanie arrived at their Devon house alone in her black Land Rover however refused to reply the Every day Mail’s enquiry in regards to the whereabouts of her husband. She mentioned: ‘No. I’ve nothing to say to you. I don’t care what you wish to know.’

£110k for defending Cayman politician in corruption trial

By Tom Witherow for the Every day Mail

Sir Geoffrey Cox earned as much as £110,000 defending the controversial former premier of the Cayman Islands in a excessive profile corruption trial.

The Tory MP is on the centre of the row over second jobs after this paper revealed he used Covid guidelines to vote in Parliament from the British Virgin Islands.

It has now emerged Sir Geoffrey, 61, was paid £355 an hour for eight weeks’ work for the Cayman Islands regulation agency that represented then opposition chief McKeeva Bush.

Within the intervals he was paid by Travers, Thorp, Alberga, he made one speech of simply 46 phrases within the Commons, bolstering critics’ claims that he’s an absentee MP.

Within the 2014 trial, Sir Geoffrey efficiently defended Bush in opposition to claims he used his authorities bank card to withdraw $50,000 in casinos within the US and the Bahamas.

Bush had been charged with 11 counts of official misconduct and breach of public belief, and had been faraway from workplace. However he was acquitted after Sir Geoffrey argued he was the topic of ‘a cynical plot of breathtaking proportions’ by the hands of a British-appointed official pursuing a ‘private vendetta’.

It has now emerged Sir Geoffrey, 61, was paid £355 an hour for eight weeks¿ work for the Cayman Islands law firm that represented then opposition leader McKeeva Bush (pictured)

It has now emerged Sir Geoffrey, 61, was paid £355 an hour for eight weeks’ work for the Cayman Islands regulation agency that represented then opposition chief McKeeva Bush (pictured)

The MPs’ register of pursuits confirmed Sir Geoffrey earned £110,000 working for the agency between July and August 2013, and July and October 2014. It isn’t recognized whether or not all 310 hours had been dedicated to Bush’s case, however the funds all fall inside the interval between Bush being charged in March 2013 and his acquittal in October 2014.

In whole Sir Geoffrey earned £820,000 between December 2012 and October 2014 for 1,552 hours of labor as a barrister – equal to nearly ten months of labor.

He confronted harsh criticism in 2018 for defending tax havens with out declaring that he had earned 1000’s working for regulation corporations within the Cayman Islands.

Bush has confronted a litany of allegations of corruption, assault and sexual assault. Final December he was handed a suspended sentence for a ‘shameful’ drunken assault on a girl, captured on CCTV. It led to requires him to resign as speaker of the Caymanian parliament.

In 2017 he was investigated for battery after allegedly groping a feminine worker at a Florida on line casino.

The costs had been later dropped.

In a press release yesterday Sir Geoffrey mentioned he often works 70-hour weeks and at all times ensures his constituents’ casework is given main significance and absolutely carried out.

MP ‘lets out one house whereas claiming on a second’ 

By Every day Mail reporter for the Every day Mail 

Sir Geoffrey Cox rents out his London house whereas claiming £1,900 a month for a second property, it was reported final night time.

The previous lawyer normal even claimed £3,800 in taxpayer money for his second London property for 2 months whereas he was working overseas within the Caribbean. Whereas not in opposition to Commons guidelines, an ex-standards chief mentioned MPs incomes money abroad whereas claiming from taxpayers is ‘completely mistaken’. Sir Geoffrey rakes in round £1,000 every week for the house he rents out in Battersea, south London, The Every day Mirror reported.

He and his spouse purchased the property as a second house for £535,000 in 2004 and claimed £82,298 in mortgage curiosity funds over 4 years.

Guidelines had been tightened after the MPs’ bills scandal and the Tory continued to make use of his Battersea flat however claimed a lesser sum of £8,000 to £9,000 a 12 months for utility payments and repair costs.

Sir Geoffrey Cox rents out his London home while claiming £1,900 a month for a second property, it was reported last night

Sir Geoffrey Cox rents out his London house whereas claiming £1,900 a month for a second property, it was reported final night time

However he reportedly moved into one other property in 2017 and commenced charging taxpayers £1,900 a month to stay there.

Though controversial, the association is inside parliamentary guidelines.

Former requirements committee chairman Sir Alistair Graham instructed the Mirror: ‘If they have a flat in London they need to be joyful sufficient to make use of that relatively than undergo this system to achieve some other place and construct up further earnings.’

He additionally criticised Sir Geoffrey for claiming from taxpayers whereas he was working within the Caribbean. He added: ‘If MPs are in another country and, within the case of Mr Cox incomes huge sums of cash, then to be on the similar time claiming cash from the general public purse to safeguard their flat is completely mistaken.’





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