Geoffrey Cox MP claimed £1,500 for seven car trips to House of Commons ‘but only voted in person three times’
先生 Geoffrey Cox claimed £1,500 for seven car trips to the House of Commons over three months in 2020, ‘but only voted in person three times’.
The Tory MP for Torridge and West Devon used temporary Covid rules that allowed MPs to appoint a ‘proxy’ to vote on his behalf for the other 18 days of voting.
He claimed £105.75 from the taxpayer each way for the 440-mile round trip between his constituency home in Tavistock, Devon and 伦敦.
Sir Geoffrey only voted in person on three occasions: 十月 21, 十一月 25 和十二月 2.
In the same three month period between October and December 2020, he spent 178 hours working on four jobs which paid him £143,625, the Mirror 已报告.
The latest revelations come after a it was revealed Sir Geoffrey stayed at the Cooper Bay Villas on the isle of Tortola while working his ‘second job’.
Discreetly located above a secluded bay on the sun-drenched holiday isle of Tortola, Cooper Bay Villas is the last word in luxury
设置在 1.7 acres of perfectly manicured tropical gardens, this dream destination is where Sir Geoffrey Cox QC, the Tory MP for Torridge and West Devon, was billeted while beavering away at his ‘second job’
Worth £3.1million, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom residence is split across two villas and no expense was spared.
In the main house, there’s an impressive living and media room with soaring Bali-style woven ceilings, an enormous kitchen with professional-grade appliances perfect for whipping up an after-work meal, marble bathrooms and bedrooms where occupants are lulled to sleep by Atlantic breezes and the sound of gently lapping waves.
A vast deck faces the ocean with breathtaking views of brilliant blue waters and there’s an infinity plunge pool with loungers and a barbecue.
The famously secluded Cooper Bay is a short walk away and the sandy beach of Trunk Bay is just around the corner, yet the property is only ten minutes’ drive from Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands.
A bustling, noisy port where giant cruise ships disgorge tourists daily and yachts sail in and out, Road Town is also where Sir Geoffrey works for the inter-national law firm Withers.
Bedroom with a view: Wake up and smell the sea breeze with balcony that offers view of the horizon
Infinity pool and beyond: Clever design makes it look like pool is part of the sea
Balcony fit for a rock star: Natural features emerge in spectacular property built on volcanic island
The MP, who was sacked as the Government’s top legal officer in February 2020, was staying at the property while acting on behalf of the British Overseas Territory’s government in a courtroom inquiry, ordered by the Foreign Office, into allegations of corruption, abuse of office and ‘other serious dishonesty’ by the BVI’s political class.
The 61-year-old lawyer, who took advantage of temporary Covid rules that allowed MPs to appoint a ‘proxy’ to vote on his behalf and was thus able to be some 4,000 miles away on Tortola, has been devoting an astonishing number of hours a week to his legal work.
Sir Geoffrey, who charges almost £1,000 an hour for his legal services, earned almost £300,000 from Withers between late March and the end of April, working for 311 小时, according to Commons disclosures.
In the past six months, Sir Geoffrey spent 680 hours working for Withers, raking in £637,235 in the process, taking his total earnings outside his parliamentary work to well over £1million a year.
据报道, Sir Geoffrey has also agreed to two more weeks of work for the British Virgin Islands this month while the Commons is sitting.
He has also been referred to Parliament’s sleaze watchdog after appearing to use his Commons office for a hearing via Zoom.
Geoffrey Cox has agreed to two more weeks of work for the British Virgin Islands this month while the Commons is sitting, 据报道
本周早些时候, it emerged he took out a £3,900 loan from the taxpayer to cover the deposit on renting a London flat – at the same time as renting out his own property in the capital.
在 2017 the Torridge & West Devon MP moved out of his own property in London, and started claiming around £1,900 a month on expenses for another flat in the capital.
The arrangement does not break any rules, but Sir Geoffrey is reported to be renting his Battersea property out for around £1,000 a week.
MailOnline also revealed that Sir Geoffrey received a £3,900 loan from the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) 在 2017 to pay the deposit on his new accommodation.
He has earned more than £5.5million from his work as a lawyer while he has been an MP.
The former Attorney General worked 10,700 hours for the vast sum, which dwarfed his salary as an MP, official records show.
MailOnline has approached Sir Geoffrey for comment.