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Spalding area MP Sir John Hayes says second salary is 'private matter' and he donates 'significant proportion' to good causes

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An MP who earns more than £100,000 in second job income has said that such salaries are "private matters".

South Holland’s MP Sir John Hayes earns some £118,000 from three different roles. This income is on top of a standard MP salary of £81,932 a year.

MPs must declare what they earn and from who in a register of financial interests.

Sir John Hayes (53005946)
Sir John Hayes (53005946)

Second jobs for MPs have been in the spotlight since the resignation of former North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson in a lobbying scandal.

Fresh scrutiny has been applied after it was revealed former Attorney General Sir Geoffrey Cox was being paid hundreds of thousands of pounds advising the British Virgin Islands’ government in a corruption investigation.

Sir John's earnings put him among the most well paid MPs.

As we reported in April, Sir John earns £50,000 by offering up to 90 hours annually to BB Energy as a strategic adviser. He also receives £38,000 as a part-time professor in political studies at the University of Bolton, which takes up between 20 and 30 hour a month of his time.

And Sir John is paid £30,000 a year as the President of HBSA, which provides technical and vocational education.

He has also registered £1,350 worth of fees for articles written for the Sunday Express, with another £350 expected, but the register notes all of these have been given to charity.

There is no suggestion of any wrong doing on Sir John’s part.

Sir John feels second salaries are a private matter and did not wish to comment other than to say that he gives a ‘significant proportion’ of his earnings to charities and good causes.

He is now calling for a refreshed standards system for MPs.

He said: “We need to build a refreshed standards system that is demanding and fair.

“It’s right that high standards are enforced but in a way that reflects natural justice.”

Sir John said the system should be similar to an industrial tribunal where there is a right to cross examine witnesses and to provide the right of appeal.

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