JOHN THURSO, Liberal Democrat MP for Highland constituency Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, has been recipient to mammoth monetary gains over his latest period in office, Independence Live can reveal.
In April 2014, Mr Thurso received £2,250 for just four hours of work – which equates to an hourly rate of £562. In November that year, he received £4,500 for eleven hours of work – working out at nearly £410 per hour.
This information has been made available online under remunerated directorships in his parliamentary register of interests.
Most astonishingly, when Thurso was elected in 2010 he received a fee of £2156.25 for two hours work – just shy of £1,080 per hour.
Thurso’s money making has not been well received by a local campaigner.
“At a time when over 1 in 5 children in his constituency are living in poverty” says Sean, a child poverty campaigner from Inverness, “this is quite sickening”.
“Nearly twenty-two per cent of children in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross live in poverty. It is a sure sign that this MP does not work for the benefit of his constituents – he works for the benefit of himself.”
We break the news days after former UK foreign secretaries Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw deny wrongdoing by profiteering heavily and using their status to help this while working in parliament, prompting calls for a ban on MPs having second jobs.
Top contender in the contest to win the Highland seat in the May, Dr Paul Monaghan of the SNP, has stated that he would not get involved with such dealings – instead, prioritising his constituents.
“If elected I will be working exclusively for my community and not big business.”
Mr Thurso is currently the director of 8 active companies across the UK – a combined assets value of £3,978,040.
Further details of John Thurso’s financial interests can be found here.
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