Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow Chancellor John McDonnell have published their tax returns for the third consecutive year today.
They showed Corbyn earned £136,762 from MP’s pay, his salary as leader of the opposition and pension, while McDonnell made £87,353 from MP’s pay and pension.
Predictably, that prompted charges of hypocrisy from some right-wingers who seem to believe lefties should get less than the Tories for the same job:
Labour's socialist leader Jeremy Corbyn raked in £140K last year and gave £890 in charitable gift aid donations https://t.co/wRdDnc3bp3
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) February 2, 2018
But the amount earned by the leaders of the opposition pale into insignificance when compared to the sums raked in by top Tories from their side jobs alone.
The register of MPs’ interests shows:
Jacob Rees-Mogg, who is now favourite to become the next Tory leader, made £173,854 in the 2016/17 tax year from Somertset Capital, the investment firm he runs with Tory donor Dominic Johnson.
Nadine Dorries earned £144,000 over the same period for working 12 hours-a-week for a publishing company. She was previously forced to apologise for failing to declare her £82,000 ‘I’m a Celebrity’ appearance fee.
Michael Gove was paid £150,000 for writing a column for the Times before rejoining the Cabinet.
John Redwood, who wants to scrap workers’ rights from the EU, is being paid £183,600-a-year for a 75 hour-a-quarter commitment to an investment advisory firm.
Andrew Mitchell, who doesn’t know how much the rate of the minimum wage, is making £156,000-a-year from four separate side jobs.
Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill, is raking in a whopping £222,168-a-year from three different side jobs.
And Nadhim Zahawi, the Children’s Minister who attended the Presidents Club gropefest, made £148,000 for just five months work as the Chief Strategy Officer for an oil firm before leaving the role in December.
Perhaps it’s best if the Tories don’t pick a fight over this one.
We wonder what we’d find if they followed Labour’s example and published their tax returns?