Two former foreign secretaries have been secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for thousands of pounds.
Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind are the subject of the allegations, arising from a joint investigation by the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4’s Dispatches…
…Sir Malcolm is reported to have claimed he could arrange “useful access” to every British ambassador in the world.
The Conservative MP for Kensington and chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee was recorded saying: “I am self-employed – so nobody pays me a salary. I have to earn my income.”
He said his usual fee for half a day’s work was “somewhere in the region of £5,000 to £8,000”.
Self-employed ? No salary?
Rifkind must have temporarily forgotten about the salary that the British taxpayer foot the bill for…
How much do Select Committee Chair get paid?
The salary entitlement of a Select Committee Chair is £81,936 (this figure comprises of MP’s salary of £67,060 and additional salary for Select Committee Chairs of £14,876) from 1 April 2014.
My guess is that both Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind will be shuffled off to the House of Lords where this kind of fiddling is par for the course and where they will both fit right in.