The Tory MP at the centre of a scandal over his business interests is a paid adviser to legal loansharks, according to parliamentary records. Mark Pritchard — who has been caught offering his British political contacts to broker an Eastern European business deal — receives £18,000 per year as an adviser to the Consumer Credit Association, the trade body for high interest door-to-door lenders.
The role is one of at least three ‘second jobs’ through which Pritchard trousers more than £80,000 per annum — likely bringing his total pay package to more than the prime minister. Pritchard’s other clients in the Register of Members’ Interests include:
- £24,894 per annum from private security and intelligence company Soufan Group
- £40,000 per annum from International Management Partners Ltd, a company with directors including Max Mosley and apparently associated with motorsport
Speaking to undercover reporters from the Telegraph, Pritchard offered to leverage ‘his network’ of political connections to advocate on behalf of his clients — but denied that this constituted lobbying:
“To be completely brutal, I know the mayor, I know the prime minister, I know the speaker.
“I don’t lobby. I don’t, whatever. But my network I will use.”
If that isn’t lobbying, then what the hell is?