Tory MP Boris earns £600k from four jobs

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

BORIS John­son made £600,000 in just one year – and that is not even in­clud­ing his MP salary, tax re­turns re­veal.

The Con­ser­va­tive MP for Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip, who gets £75,000 for his du­ties as a mem­ber of par­lia­ment, earned more from writ­ing news­pa­per col­umns and books.

Since pub­lish­ing the doc­u­ments, the MP has been scru­ti­nised about how many re­spon­si­bil­i­ties he should be jug­gling along­side his ser­vice to con­stituents and Lon­don­ers.

Fig­ures show he earned £491,000 in 2014/15 from his weekly Daily Tele­graph col­umn and book roy­al­ties com­bined – plus £144,000 for his job as Mayor of Lon­don.

Pay for the col­umn was upped to £266,667 af­ter the mayor de­scribed the pre­vi­ous quar­ter of a mil­lion sum as ‘chicken feed’.

Not in­cluded on the four-year tax sum­mary is his salary for be­ing an MP, a job he se­cured in May 2015.

Although step­ping down as mayor in May 2016, the high pro­file politi­cian has main­tained four jobs – mem­ber of par­lia­ment, writer, colum­nist and mayor.

Dur­ing the four years, he earned £575,644 as mayor, £987,097 for his Daily Tele­graph col­umn and £469,385 for book roy­al­ties, which would mean pay­ing £1 mil­lion in in­come tax.

Over four years, Mr John­son made just £2,438 in bank in­ter­est – and no other in­vest­ment in­come was de­clared.

The Lon­don mayor is the lat­est high-pro­file politi­cian to vol­un­teer his tax de­tails in the wake of the Panama Papers.

n EARN­INGS: Boris John­son

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