He “forgot” to replace his office clerk.
Does he not have an accountant to flag up these matters for him, then?
Millionaire Conservative MP Geoffrey Cox works part-time as a barrister to top up his £74,000 MP salary.
He clocked 500 hours between January and August in 2015, but failed to declare the extra work – because he’d forgot to hire an office clerk to do it for him.
The backbencher, who claimed for a 49p bottle of milk and £2 worth of tea bags, had no problem remembering his expenses, however.
He stood down from Westminster’s cross-party standards committee in October after referring himself to the Commissioner over the rule breach.
Source: Millionaire Tory MP gives the most pathetic excuse for failing to declare £400,000 in extra earnings | The Canary
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A minor error for a Tory, he must have been preoccupied in the HOC restaurant, oh dear slipped my mind, I will get around to it when I have more time on my hands, don’t bother me now I’m eating!
Law for one and a law for another its been like that way in all my 70years and the police are in the pocket of the in crowd
This dishonest and corrupt character should be fully investigated by the Fraud Squad.
So, 500 hours for £400,000 which makes it £800 an hour. I wouldn’t mind working zero hours contract if it means I would only have to work for one hour to get enough to keep me for a month or more….x
Well we should be glad of very small mercies that he was in the legal profession and therefore well aware of this integrity stuff and also legal obligation to declare such income to the Inland Revenue. Thankfully he did the right thing and stood down from the very Committee tasked with members integrity etc however I would be more assurred if removed himself from all Committees dealing with anything that has pure integrity at its heart…never to return or be reelected to such committees. No more come back kids…if you fail the integrity test, even as presented as forgetting you are not trustworthy and out for good. Its up to his electorate to chuck him out unless of course they are happy for such types to represent them. From the pathetic amounts he claims for and the hours he works probably to tight to pay for a clerk. How did he present his hours for payment from Chambers…on the back of an envelope?
Sadly, electoral results seem to show that people ARE happy for such types to represent them.
Well, he’s a tory interested mainly in money, money, money. Remember, when you’re really very rich the aim is to become even richer and it doesn’t matter much about the means used. Cox should resign his seat.