It has been suggested that Boris Johnson continue his work as a Member of Parliament and save the speeches that he bills private firms pounds in millions to hear for delivery in the House of Commons.
The criticism directed at the former prime minister stems from the fact that more than £3.7 million in 2023 he has already made, although he has only spent a small fraction of his time contributing to parliament.
Johnson’s outside salary this year amounts to roughly 85% of all MPs, according to new numbers that have been disclosed by the inquiry known as “Westminster accounts,” which is being conducted by Sky News.
Johnson is believed to have made certain that all of his extra compensation was declared in accordance with the rules, therefore there is no evidence to imply that he engaged in any improper behaviour.
Since he left Downing Street last year in September, Johnson has given 16 addresses in the House of Commons over the course of 10 days, received free accommodation that is worth massive sums, and racked up millions of dollars for public speaking engagements and a head start on his memoirs.
All of this is in addition to his yearly salary of 84,000 pounds as a member of parliament and the annual allowance of six figures that is open and accessible to all previous Prime Ministers.
According to the shadow education secretary, Bridget Phillipson, charging more than one million pounds for a speech is not “the best return for one’s investment,” but individuals are free to make their own decisions over what they are willing to pay to hear.
” Because he was elected as a Member of Parliament, perhaps he ought to be delivering such speeches in the chamber of the House of Commons,” she said on Sky News. Boris Johnson simply follows his own whims and desires.
He never deviates from his own desires. I believe that the fact that it keeps coming up every once in a while merely serves to serve as a reminder of how stooped down the Conservative party has sunk.
Phillipson also brought up the claims of bullying made against Dominic Raab, justice secretary, which he rejects. Suella Braverman was reappointed to her position as Home Secretary, just a few days after it was discovered that she had violated the ministerial code.
According to Phillipson, these kinds of difficulties demonstrated that the Conservative party was ” contaminated from the very beginning to the very end, not just Johnson.”
Former member of the Conservative government Stephen Dorrell claimed the current prime minister Boris Johnson needs to question himself, ” Is he still involved in politics, or has he moved on to a career in show business?”
“If he seriously wants to be picked as a participant in the political debate, he should address the issue in the House of Commons, which is the proper setting for political debate,” said Dorrell. “The House of Commons is the place where the political debate should take place.”
Dorrell, who recently switched to the Liberal Democrats, suggested that Johnson was torn between two options: retiring to a life of luxury thanks to his great status or continuing to be a public figure.
During the height of the scandal surrounding the censure of Conservative MP Owen Paterson for paid lobbying, Johnson backed a plan to place a “fair cap” on the outside incomes of members of parliament.
In a letter that he submitted to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, he stated that the fundamental responsibility of an MP should be to serve the people in their constituency and to advocate for those people’s interests in parliament.