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John Gummer, the former Conservative Environment Secretary, was paid £1667 for his 20-minute part in a company board meeting "by phone", while Labour back bencher Jimmy Hood, for the second month running, received £625 for "nil" hours worked in his role as a parliamentary consultant to Scottish Coal.

These are some of the latest entries in the register of MPs' interests, which provide more details about members' work outwith Westminster following the expenses scandal.

Significantly, under the more transparent system the new details include not only how much they get paid on top of their MP's salary of £64,766 but also the hours worked. Several MPs, most notably Tories, have remunerated directorships.

William Hague, the Shadow Foreign Secretary, who has pledged to give up his outside interests, was paid £6250 for his company board work.


300 x 250 Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former Conservative Foreign Secretary, received £8158 for work as a company director and consultant in July and also received £6250 for about four hours' work at a quarterly board meeting for LEK, a business consultancy, to which, he states, he provides "occasional advice by e-mail".

Michael Howard, the former Tory leader, who has four paid directorships, received £16,178 last month, including £6661 for 12 hours' work as chairman of Northern Racing Limited.

Patricia Hewitt, the former Labour Health Secretary, receives up to £50,000 to "provide advice and attend meetings" for Alliance Boots Services, an international health group. She is also paid up to £60,000 a year as an adviser to Cinven, a "leading European buyout firm".

The Leicester West MP's posts were cleared by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, which oversees applications by ex-ministers to take up appointments in the two years after they leave government.

Charles Clarke, a former Labour Home Secretary, received £11,834 for consultancy work, £1000 for a speech, £1000 for a newspaper article and £1000 for taking part in two debates.

David Blunkett, another ex-Home Secretary,, received £8333 as part of his annual salary of up to £50,000 for providing newspaper articles for The Sun in July and August, which took between four and six hours' work.

He also was paid £300 by The Times for an occasional advice column and noted in relations to hours worked: "The time required reflects 40 years' experience of advice surgeries and varies between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours."

Michael Gove, the Shadow Schools Secretary, who earns up to £65,000 a year as a Times columnist, in July received £5750 for four articles, which took four hours' work, and was also paid £2850 for other media work in recent weeks.

Left-wing Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn was paid up to £5000 for his media work for al Jazeera TV and a similar amount for interviews for Tehran-based Press TV.

David Cameron, the Tory leader, received helicopter flights worth £13,464 from Eastern Atlantic Helicopters. The flights were to and from Norwich and are thought to have been in connection with the by-election there.

Gregory Barker, the shadow environment minister, received £11,401 for a climate campaign summer drinks party, including £7500 from Asda, which sponsored the event. There was also a gift of £1000 for flowers.

Members of the Shadow Treasury team led by George Osborne each received a "proportionate" share of £62,250 worth of advice for three months from KPMG.

More mundane entries included Leominster Tory Bill Wiggin, a farmer, who received £20 for selling "four chickens" at a local fete, while former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell listed a gift in return for giving a speech to a rotary club as a ballpoint pen "value: £1".


This was my favourite:

"Patricia Hewitt, the former Labour Health Secretary, receives up to £50,000 to "provide advice and attend meetings" for Alliance Boots Services, an international health group"

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