Top ten earner for Blackburn MP Jack Straw outside Westminster

Blackburn Citizen: JACK STRAW  Blackburn outside earnings: £150,000 JACK STRAW Blackburn outside earnings: £150,000

BLACKBURN MP Jack Straw earned more than £150,000 from work outside Westminster in the last year putting him in the top ten of outside earners.

While not in the same league as ex-Premier Gordon Brown, who took home more than £900,000, or fellow former foreign secretary David Milliband who collected £410,000, Mr Straw’s income dwarfs that of his East Lancashire political colleagues.

His nearest East Lancashire competitor, Rossendale and Darwen Tory Jake Berry, picked up £17,000 mainly earned as a legal consultant to a Manchester solicitors’ firm.

Ribble Valley’s Nigel Evans and Chorley’s Lindsay Hoyle, both Commons deputy speakers, earned not an additional penny on top of their MP’s annual salary of £65,738.

Mr Straw, who served as Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and leader of the Commons as well as Foreign Secretary, collected £157,070 from his outside earnings according the Register of MPs Financial Interests for the 12 months up to July 30 this year.

This placed him tenth in the extra income league, just behind his former Labour Cabinet colleague Alistair Darling’s £172,345.

Mr Straw received £5,310 for writing articles in national newspapers, £59,300 for speaking engagements, and £61,710 for acting as a consultant for E D and F MAN, the world’s oldest surviving sugar and molasses traders.

The Blackburn MP since 1979 also received the second of his two £30,750 advances from Macmillan’s for his autobiography.

He said: “When we discussed this in cabinet and the hair-shirt brigade said that no MPs should have second jobs, I pointed out that we all had second jobs as ministers and well paid ones at that.

“When I was in opposition I used what little I earned to pay towards my office and researchers. I still do that and I do give quite a lot to charity but I don’t use it as an excuse for my extra earnings.

“I find the consultancy work very interesting and my journalistic work enables me to get a national profile for issues I take up of interest to the people of Blackburn such as car insurance scams.”

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3:10pm Thu 23 Aug 12

Davelyn says...

Represents Blackburn but does not live anything like it's residents.
Represents Blackburn but does not live anything like it's residents. Davelyn

3:19pm Thu 23 Aug 12

prince of darkness says...

Shame on honest Jack, these spin offs come as part of his elected position as an MP. Would he be able to earn this if not an MP, dont think so. Next he will be saying inflation not affecting him, no wonder. MPs should only do what they are elected for.Ministers are paid more for that role with extra perks as well.Love the quote highlight insurance scams, but like everthing else nothings happened.All political parties are just out for themselves, we are the forgoton.
Shame on honest Jack, these spin offs come as part of his elected position as an MP. Would he be able to earn this if not an MP, dont think so. Next he will be saying inflation not affecting him, no wonder. MPs should only do what they are elected for.Ministers are paid more for that role with extra perks as well.Love the quote highlight insurance scams, but like everthing else nothings happened.All political parties are just out for themselves, we are the forgoton. prince of darkness

3:25pm Thu 23 Aug 12

jack daniels says...

maybe if he spent all of this time supporting the town, rather than lining his pockets, it wouldn't be in the top ten poorest.

The sooner the war monger admits his failure the better
maybe if he spent all of this time supporting the town, rather than lining his pockets, it wouldn't be in the top ten poorest. The sooner the war monger admits his failure the better jack daniels

3:39pm Thu 23 Aug 12

makaveli96 says...

How can Jack pretend to support the mighty Rovers when he wasnt born in the town?

What next, a non-english PM?
How can Jack pretend to support the mighty Rovers when he wasnt born in the town? What next, a non-english PM? makaveli96

3:43pm Thu 23 Aug 12

RUinsane says...

Its about time this was stopped until they've left office. How can someone have two full time jobs with two full time salaries. they've been elected to serve the people, not freeload and milk.Put them on the clock.
Its about time this was stopped until they've left office. How can someone have two full time jobs with two full time salaries. they've been elected to serve the people, not freeload and milk.Put them on the clock. RUinsane

4:21pm Thu 23 Aug 12

Izanears says...

No MP in or out of power should have a second job. It is a disgrace. No wonder they are always complaining how hard they work and how tired they are. Their first duty is to the electorate.
BTW. Isn't the Socialist mantra, ONE MAN-ONE JOB?
No MP in or out of power should have a second job. It is a disgrace. No wonder they are always complaining how hard they work and how tired they are. Their first duty is to the electorate. BTW. Isn't the Socialist mantra, ONE MAN-ONE JOB? Izanears

4:22pm Thu 23 Aug 12

shytalk says...

Hope he can justify his earnings in front of the old baily after the revolution
Hope he can justify his earnings in front of the old baily after the revolution shytalk

4:31pm Thu 23 Aug 12

happycyclist says...

£61,710 for acting as a consultant for E D and F MAN, the world’s oldest surviving sugar and molasses traders.

WTF?
£61,710 for acting as a consultant for E D and F MAN, the world’s oldest surviving sugar and molasses traders. WTF? happycyclist

4:36pm Thu 23 Aug 12

darwenTower says...

Would putting that much time & effort into lining their pockets outside of their day job be tolerated by many employers?

I don't think so.
Would putting that much time & effort into lining their pockets outside of their day job be tolerated by many employers? I don't think so. darwenTower

5:01pm Thu 23 Aug 12

happycyclist says...

Every second job an MP has keeps someone else on the dole. That's something some of them might think about when they're bellyaching about people being out of work.
Every second job an MP has keeps someone else on the dole. That's something some of them might think about when they're bellyaching about people being out of work. happycyclist

5:28pm Thu 23 Aug 12

district01 says...

That blue suit really does suit you Jack!

Judging by the amount of people I talk to every day and the growing number within these pages you seem to have been found out Jack, and about time too!

But why should he care?

Having acquired a safe ’Old Labour’ seat here in Blackburn so many years ago without ever having lived here nor any intension of ever wanting to do so is quite astonishing. Now in your retirement making loads of money just like the other ‘New Labour’ pretenders. Even Gordon Brown is at it! But of course non can compare to the master Tony Blair. ‘New Labour’ where his children still reside today!

What a mess politics has become. We need a trustworthy and deserving opposition and not a ‘have another go’ Tony Blair party. But thank goodness for them the disillusioned ’Labour’ followers are still there carrying the banner of old under the illusion that ‘New Labour’ are still ‘Labour‘. But I salute every one of them for their loyalty to an historical belief. But their now batting on a very sticky wicket thanks to Tony Blair!

But what about Jack Straw?
That blue suit really does suit you Jack! Judging by the amount of people I talk to every day and the growing number within these pages you seem to have been found out Jack, and about time too! But why should he care? Having acquired a safe ’Old Labour’ seat here in Blackburn so many years ago without ever having lived here nor any intension of ever wanting to do so is quite astonishing. Now in your retirement making loads of money just like the other ‘New Labour’ pretenders. Even Gordon Brown is at it! But of course non can compare to the master Tony Blair. ‘New Labour’ where his children still reside today! What a mess politics has become. We need a trustworthy and deserving opposition and not a ‘have another go’ Tony Blair party. But thank goodness for them the disillusioned ’Labour’ followers are still there carrying the banner of old under the illusion that ‘New Labour’ are still ‘Labour‘. But I salute every one of them for their loyalty to an historical belief. But their now batting on a very sticky wicket thanks to Tony Blair! But what about Jack Straw? district01

6:26pm Thu 23 Aug 12

nonjob says...

Socialism in action from Jack Straw!

What a vile hypocrite.

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Socialism in action from Jack Straw! What a vile hypocrite. w w w.nonjob.tumblr.com nonjob

6:30pm Thu 23 Aug 12

spike t says...

Labour MPs used to be idealistic and work their socks off for their community.it is scandalous that he does anything other than be an MP! I am not in a Goverment office but cannot do more than one job properly! He came from down soth to a safe seat and this shows him up for what he is! Do the honest thing and resign !
Labour MPs used to be idealistic and work their socks off for their community.it is scandalous that he does anything other than be an MP! I am not in a Goverment office but cannot do more than one job properly! He came from down soth to a safe seat and this shows him up for what he is! Do the honest thing and resign ! spike t

6:50pm Thu 23 Aug 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

This man should be in the Hague as a war criminal, but instead he is milking us all dry and laughing all the way to a happy retirement. only in this country could this ever happen
This man should be in the Hague as a war criminal, but instead he is milking us all dry and laughing all the way to a happy retirement. only in this country could this ever happen Michael@ClitheroeSince58

7:56pm Thu 23 Aug 12

Roversboy says...

Why cant we comment about the low-life scum car thief(See story below). This website and everything about the telegraph is crap
Why cant we comment about the low-life scum car thief(See story below). This website and everything about the telegraph is crap Roversboy

5:50am Fri 24 Aug 12

SWP supporter says...

Straw is only a symptom of what Labour has become. It's time to start to build a working-class alternative.
Straw is only a symptom of what Labour has become. It's time to start to build a working-class alternative. SWP supporter

9:32am Fri 24 Aug 12

Caspar the ghost says...

makaveli96 wrote:
How can Jack pretend to support the mighty Rovers when he wasnt born in the town?

What next, a non-english PM?
Just wait a couple of years and then we'll have a Muslim MP.
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: How can Jack pretend to support the mighty Rovers when he wasnt born in the town? What next, a non-english PM?[/p][/quote]Just wait a couple of years and then we'll have a Muslim MP. Caspar the ghost

11:47am Fri 24 Aug 12

district01 says...

Caspar the ghost wrote:
makaveli96 wrote:
How can Jack pretend to support the mighty Rovers when he wasnt born in the town?

What next, a non-english PM?
Just wait a couple of years and then we'll have a Muslim MP.
Who else would dare to take over when Jack Straw eventually decides to stay at home in the Cotswolds where he lives? Too many problems to sort out!
[quote][p][bold]Caspar the ghost[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: How can Jack pretend to support the mighty Rovers when he wasnt born in the town? What next, a non-english PM?[/p][/quote]Just wait a couple of years and then we'll have a Muslim MP.[/p][/quote]Who else would dare to take over when Jack Straw eventually decides to stay at home in the Cotswolds where he lives? Too many problems to sort out! district01

9:38pm Fri 24 Aug 12

woolywords says...

Dear Telegraph Ediitor,
What is the point of this article? Are you perchance alluding to something that I am unaware of and, for legal reason, you cannot put to print?

Love him or loathe him, Jack Straw had an opportunity to make a shedload more money than these paltry figures given. An examination of his past really screams the sacrifice that he made to be in politics. He qualified as a Barrister, that's a lawyer, not some idiot serving drinks. He served as an aide to Barbra Castle after his time as an upstart NUS activist.
Any Barrister can earn between thirty and three hundred thousand per annum, dependant in where they practise. So to suggest that these extra governmental payments are worthy of note is, to say the least, a bit disingenious of yourselves.
I suppose that, while many are on the breadline, someone earning a larger crust, makes for good column inches.
Having met the man himself, when I hadn't a clue who he was, he was having a drink in the Borough Arms at the time, he seemed to me a fairly reasonable drinking bloke as you meet in any pub. Though we did observe that unwritten rule, no religeon, politics or women.
All three of us had no idea who the heck was until Gibby, the manager, whom I know from his youth, told me his identity. Geordie said that he knew nothing about Flat racing, while we said we would watch is back, as there were two blokes that were staring at him all the time..
Could have been fun, if we had ruffed up his bodyguards.. As I said, we had no idea who he was.
At least we knew a good Barrister, if we got arrested for it, don't you think?
Dear Telegraph Ediitor, What is the point of this article? Are you perchance alluding to something that I am unaware of and, for legal reason, you cannot put to print? Love him or loathe him, Jack Straw had an opportunity to make a shedload more money than these paltry figures given. An examination of his past really screams the sacrifice that he made to be in politics. He qualified as a Barrister, that's a lawyer, not some idiot serving drinks. He served as an aide to Barbra Castle after his time as an upstart NUS activist. Any Barrister can earn between thirty and three hundred thousand per annum, dependant in where they practise. So to suggest that these extra governmental payments are worthy of note is, to say the least, a bit disingenious of yourselves. I suppose that, while many are on the breadline, someone earning a larger crust, makes for good column inches. Having met the man himself, when I hadn't a clue who he was, he was having a drink in the Borough Arms at the time, he seemed to me a fairly reasonable drinking bloke as you meet in any pub. Though we did observe that unwritten rule, no religeon, politics or women. All three of us had no idea who the heck was until Gibby, the manager, whom I know from his youth, told me his identity. Geordie said that he knew nothing about Flat racing, while we said we would watch is back, as there were two blokes that were staring at him all the time.. Could have been fun, if we had ruffed up his bodyguards.. As I said, we had no idea who he was. At least we knew a good Barrister, if we got arrested for it, don't you think? woolywords

10:47am Sat 25 Aug 12

OnePostThenTheOther says...

How many years as the Blackburn MP? How many years were Labour in power?

So the highlights of your contribution to the town are helping a multi-billion pound industry notice that their is an issue with a certain part of our "community" falsifying claims, and observing that it is very rude and ognorant to cover your face when speaking to someone.

Brilliant. Barbara would be so proud of you.
How many years as the Blackburn MP? How many years were Labour in power? So the highlights of your contribution to the town are helping a multi-billion pound industry notice that their is an issue with a certain part of our "community" falsifying claims, and observing that it is very rude and ognorant to cover your face when speaking to someone. Brilliant. Barbara would be so proud of you. OnePostThenTheOther

11:54am Sat 25 Aug 12

district01 says...

woolywords wrote:
Dear Telegraph Ediitor,
What is the point of this article? Are you perchance alluding to something that I am unaware of and, for legal reason, you cannot put to print?

Love him or loathe him, Jack Straw had an opportunity to make a shedload more money than these paltry figures given. An examination of his past really screams the sacrifice that he made to be in politics. He qualified as a Barrister, that's a lawyer, not some idiot serving drinks. He served as an aide to Barbra Castle after his time as an upstart NUS activist.
Any Barrister can earn between thirty and three hundred thousand per annum, dependant in where they practise. So to suggest that these extra governmental payments are worthy of note is, to say the least, a bit disingenious of yourselves.
I suppose that, while many are on the breadline, someone earning a larger crust, makes for good column inches.
Having met the man himself, when I hadn't a clue who he was, he was having a drink in the Borough Arms at the time, he seemed to me a fairly reasonable drinking bloke as you meet in any pub. Though we did observe that unwritten rule, no religeon, politics or women.
All three of us had no idea who the heck was until Gibby, the manager, whom I know from his youth, told me his identity. Geordie said that he knew nothing about Flat racing, while we said we would watch is back, as there were two blokes that were staring at him all the time..
Could have been fun, if we had ruffed up his bodyguards.. As I said, we had no idea who he was.
At least we knew a good Barrister, if we got arrested for it, don't you think?
Yes I do agree that Jack Straw is undoubtedly a very clever person. Perhaps far more intelligent than the idiot serving drinks is that your referring to and yes he did qualify as a barrister but only practiced for a short time before being chosen to join the historically safe old labour dominated council in Blackburn. A far easier choice than one where an opposition actually existed. Only party loyalty is the reason for his long stay in Blackburn and not for what he has achieved.

Please someone, just what has Jack Straw done for the Labour voters of Blackburn?
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Dear Telegraph Ediitor, What is the point of this article? Are you perchance alluding to something that I am unaware of and, for legal reason, you cannot put to print? Love him or loathe him, Jack Straw had an opportunity to make a shedload more money than these paltry figures given. An examination of his past really screams the sacrifice that he made to be in politics. He qualified as a Barrister, that's a lawyer, not some idiot serving drinks. He served as an aide to Barbra Castle after his time as an upstart NUS activist. Any Barrister can earn between thirty and three hundred thousand per annum, dependant in where they practise. So to suggest that these extra governmental payments are worthy of note is, to say the least, a bit disingenious of yourselves. I suppose that, while many are on the breadline, someone earning a larger crust, makes for good column inches. Having met the man himself, when I hadn't a clue who he was, he was having a drink in the Borough Arms at the time, he seemed to me a fairly reasonable drinking bloke as you meet in any pub. Though we did observe that unwritten rule, no religeon, politics or women. All three of us had no idea who the heck was until Gibby, the manager, whom I know from his youth, told me his identity. Geordie said that he knew nothing about Flat racing, while we said we would watch is back, as there were two blokes that were staring at him all the time.. Could have been fun, if we had ruffed up his bodyguards.. As I said, we had no idea who he was. At least we knew a good Barrister, if we got arrested for it, don't you think?[/p][/quote]Yes I do agree that Jack Straw is undoubtedly a very clever person. Perhaps far more intelligent than the idiot serving drinks is that your referring to and yes he did qualify as a barrister but only practiced for a short time before being chosen to join the historically safe old labour dominated council in Blackburn. A far easier choice than one where an opposition actually existed. Only party loyalty is the reason for his long stay in Blackburn and not for what he has achieved. Please someone, just what has Jack Straw done for the Labour voters of Blackburn? district01

8:23pm Sun 26 Aug 12

rggraham1947 says...

district01 wrote:
woolywords wrote: Dear Telegraph Ediitor, What is the point of this article? Are you perchance alluding to something that I am unaware of and, for legal reason, you cannot put to print? Love him or loathe him, Jack Straw had an opportunity to make a shedload more money than these paltry figures given. An examination of his past really screams the sacrifice that he made to be in politics. He qualified as a Barrister, that's a lawyer, not some idiot serving drinks. He served as an aide to Barbra Castle after his time as an upstart NUS activist. Any Barrister can earn between thirty and three hundred thousand per annum, dependant in where they practise. So to suggest that these extra governmental payments are worthy of note is, to say the least, a bit disingenious of yourselves. I suppose that, while many are on the breadline, someone earning a larger crust, makes for good column inches. Having met the man himself, when I hadn't a clue who he was, he was having a drink in the Borough Arms at the time, he seemed to me a fairly reasonable drinking bloke as you meet in any pub. Though we did observe that unwritten rule, no religeon, politics or women. All three of us had no idea who the heck was until Gibby, the manager, whom I know from his youth, told me his identity. Geordie said that he knew nothing about Flat racing, while we said we would watch is back, as there were two blokes that were staring at him all the time.. Could have been fun, if we had ruffed up his bodyguards.. As I said, we had no idea who he was. At least we knew a good Barrister, if we got arrested for it, don't you think?
Yes I do agree that Jack Straw is undoubtedly a very clever person. Perhaps far more intelligent than the idiot serving drinks is that your referring to and yes he did qualify as a barrister but only practiced for a short time before being chosen to join the historically safe old labour dominated council in Blackburn. A far easier choice than one where an opposition actually existed. Only party loyalty is the reason for his long stay in Blackburn and not for what he has achieved. Please someone, just what has Jack Straw done for the Labour voters of Blackburn?
His job is not to do something for the Labour voters of Blackburn but to do something for ALL the people of Blackburn; either way, he has probably failed miserably but not poorly!
[quote][p][bold]district01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Dear Telegraph Ediitor, What is the point of this article? Are you perchance alluding to something that I am unaware of and, for legal reason, you cannot put to print? Love him or loathe him, Jack Straw had an opportunity to make a shedload more money than these paltry figures given. An examination of his past really screams the sacrifice that he made to be in politics. He qualified as a Barrister, that's a lawyer, not some idiot serving drinks. He served as an aide to Barbra Castle after his time as an upstart NUS activist. Any Barrister can earn between thirty and three hundred thousand per annum, dependant in where they practise. So to suggest that these extra governmental payments are worthy of note is, to say the least, a bit disingenious of yourselves. I suppose that, while many are on the breadline, someone earning a larger crust, makes for good column inches. Having met the man himself, when I hadn't a clue who he was, he was having a drink in the Borough Arms at the time, he seemed to me a fairly reasonable drinking bloke as you meet in any pub. Though we did observe that unwritten rule, no religeon, politics or women. All three of us had no idea who the heck was until Gibby, the manager, whom I know from his youth, told me his identity. Geordie said that he knew nothing about Flat racing, while we said we would watch is back, as there were two blokes that were staring at him all the time.. Could have been fun, if we had ruffed up his bodyguards.. As I said, we had no idea who he was. At least we knew a good Barrister, if we got arrested for it, don't you think?[/p][/quote]Yes I do agree that Jack Straw is undoubtedly a very clever person. Perhaps far more intelligent than the idiot serving drinks is that your referring to and yes he did qualify as a barrister but only practiced for a short time before being chosen to join the historically safe old labour dominated council in Blackburn. A far easier choice than one where an opposition actually existed. Only party loyalty is the reason for his long stay in Blackburn and not for what he has achieved. Please someone, just what has Jack Straw done for the Labour voters of Blackburn?[/p][/quote]His job is not to do something for the Labour voters of Blackburn but to do something for ALL the people of Blackburn; either way, he has probably failed miserably but not poorly! rggraham1947

11:26am Mon 27 Aug 12

district01 says...

Rggraham1947:
It was his job to support what the old Labour party believed in and not solely for his own personal survival. He owes such a lot to Blackburn’s old Labour members for which he has failed them miserably. But definitely not self financially poorly!
Rggraham1947: It was his job to support what the old Labour party believed in and not solely for his own personal survival. He owes such a lot to Blackburn’s old Labour members for which he has failed them miserably. But definitely not self financially poorly! district01

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