The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition)

Deals and appearance­s could bring in millions


Boris Johnson could make millions from book deals and the speaking circuit, if former prime ministers are anything to go by.

Although Mr Johnson’s brief tenure as prime minister is coming to an end, he will not be short of opportunit­ies.

Previous PMs, including Tony Blair and David Cameron, have made a fortune from book deals and speaking at events. Mr Blair was reported to have been paid “up to £5m” in 2007 for his political memoir A Journey. Mr Cameron was reported to have earned £1.5m for his memoir, For The Record.

Similarly, Mr Blair is said to earn up to £300,000 per appearance on the speaking circuit and Mr Cameron has been reported to earn £120,000.

Neil Martin, a senior agent at NMP Live, a speakers booking agency that represents everyone from comedian Sir Lenny Henry to Nigel Farage, said that the soon-to-be former prime minister would be able to command “six-figure” sums on the circuit.

“For someone like Boris, he will get snapped up with a bureau, he has always done speaking,” he said.

However, he said Mr Johnson would make less in the UK than on the internatio­nal stage.

“You tend to find with people in his position that there’s less popularity in their own country.

“So everyone knows Tony Blair did extremely well on the speaking circuit, but the British people see your own prime ministers and leaders very differentl­y to the rest of the world.”

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