As you may be aware, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Association (IPSA) regularly publishes information regarding the expenditure of MPs, from living expenses to office stationary purchases. This is important to ensure that the system is fit for purpose and the rules are being adhered to by all members.
Other information published by IPSA includes the employment and earnings of MPs outside of their job as a Members of Parliament.
Whilst I do not support MPs having second jobs for a variety of reasons, most importantly I believe that they should be devoting all their attention to their role in Parliament, the current system does allow it. Therefore it is important, for democratic purposes, that Members are transparent about any outside employment and earnings they may have.
On January 25th, new figures will be published and so I wanted to explain my own earnings outside of Parliament, both where the income is from and where it goes. To be perfectly clear, my only form of employment is as the Member of Parliament for the City of Durham.
The following will appear as my earnings outside of Parliament:
Payments from ComRes, 4 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA, for opinion surveys. The money is donated to my Constituency Party:
Received payment of £75 for participation in a parliamentary survey. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 17 February 2015)
Payment from Ipsos MORI, 79-81 Borough Road, London SE1 1FY:
26 August 2015, payment of £200 received for survey. Hours: approx. 1.5 hrs. (Registered 26 August 2015)
13 January 2016, payment of £200 received for survey. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 14 January 2016)
As you can see, the amount raised over the last year was £475; of that income, most has been used to purchase raffle prizes for fundraising events for charities and other groups and some of it has been donated to the Labour Party.
I am always happy to answer questions from constituents about my expenses and additional information can also be found on the IPSA website, a link to which can be found in the “Other Useful Contacts” section of my website.