Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown criticised after details of second earnings were brought to light

Stroud News and Journal: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP

THE MP for the Cotswolds, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, has been accused of being out of touch with his constituents after details of his second earnings were brought to light.

An anonymous document, which was sent to the Standard, showed that Mr Clifton-Brown earned more than £120,000 for working less than 80 days between August 2011 and November 2013.

Mr Clifton-Brown, 60, who earns £66,396 as a Member of Parliament, receives a second income through his work as a partner in the East Peckham partnership, an arable farming business in Norfolk.

He said: “My business arrangements have been the same for the entire 21 years that I have been the Member of Parliament for this area. A few years ago the House of Commons changed the rules so that all taxable earnings and hours spent have to be declared.

“This was a welcome change in transparency and something that I am happy to comply with.”

The document, which contains a detailed breakdown of the MP’s earnings, shows that in July 2012 Mr Clifton Brown made a total of £31,852.57 for 35 hours of work, or the equivalent of 5.83 working days.

Other months were less lucrative with the Cotswold MP taking only £157.52 in September 2013 despite working 25 hours, or the equivalent of 4.17 working days.

It is also understood that Mr Clifton-Brown has another income through letting properties in London, details of which were not included in the anonymous letter.

Paul Hodgkinson, Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for the Cotswolds, said that many of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown’s electors would be surprised by the figures.

He said: “There is this aura that the Cotswolds is the playground of the wealthy but it’s not. The average salary in the Cotswolds is around £20,000, less than the national average.

“I think most of his constituents would be really grateful to receive his salary. In fact, it’s what most people can only dream about.

“I’ve got nothing against high earnings but this is someone who has been elected to be a full time MP. He should be concentrating on this and nothing else.”

Cllr Hodgkinson told the Standard that, should he be elected to Parliament in 2015, he would call time on his own executive coaching business.

Responding to Cllr Hodgkinson, Mr Clifton-Brown said: “I would like to assure my constituents that my commitment to this constituency is just as great as it always has been.

"It is a constituency that is one of the largest in the South of England and it also has a very diverse mix of issues that have to be dealt with.

“I always think that I do a week’s work in London and a week’s worth of work in the constituency at the weekend.

“My constituency surgery advice dates are fixed a year in advance and I spend one weekend a month away from the constituency. I also take some holidays away from the constituency.”

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9:43am Thu 23 Jan 14

Olly Cromwell says...

This is national newspaper material.

Pulling £32k for a week's work on top of an MP's usual earnings is just greedy and lets voters down.

There is no way with this amount of alternative income to distract him that the old Etonian toff can be focused on his primary job of representing us.

Time to bow out, Geoffrey !
This is national newspaper material. Pulling £32k for a week's work on top of an MP's usual earnings is just greedy and lets voters down. There is no way with this amount of alternative income to distract him that the old Etonian toff can be focused on his primary job of representing us. Time to bow out, Geoffrey ! Olly Cromwell

4:01pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Susie Clark says...

Well, well , what a surprise - an " anonymous " document gets sent to the Standard and guess who's called in for a response - and then - another surprise - Olly Cromwell is the first to comment. Oh dear - how transparent it all is.
I'm not quite sure what Paul Hodgkinson and/or Olly Cromwell is complaining about - the small number of hours for the money - in which case Mr Clifton - Brown is not taking much time out of his parliamentary work ,or the rate per hour - does Paul Hodgkinson's " executive coaching " teach his clients not to maximize their earnings.If he thinks earnings are automatically linked to greed , I can't imagine he has much of a business. Still, with the Lord Rennard debacle hanging over them, the Lib Dems have got to find something to divert the public's attention from the mess they find themselves in. I know which type of MP I'd prefer - one gets on with their job and doesn't spend all their time slagging off to the press. One word of caution, Olly - the last Olly Cromwell in Parliament finished up with his head on a spike on London Bridge !
Well, well , what a surprise - an " anonymous " document gets sent to the Standard and guess who's called in for a response - and then - another surprise - Olly Cromwell is the first to comment. Oh dear - how transparent it all is. I'm not quite sure what Paul Hodgkinson and/or Olly Cromwell is complaining about - the small number of hours for the money - in which case Mr Clifton - Brown is not taking much time out of his parliamentary work ,or the rate per hour - does Paul Hodgkinson's " executive coaching " teach his clients not to maximize their earnings.If he thinks earnings are automatically linked to greed , I can't imagine he has much of a business. Still, with the Lord Rennard debacle hanging over them, the Lib Dems have got to find something to divert the public's attention from the mess they find themselves in. I know which type of MP I'd prefer - one gets on with their job and doesn't spend all their time slagging off to the press. One word of caution, Olly - the last Olly Cromwell in Parliament finished up with his head on a spike on London Bridge ! Susie Clark

5:35pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Crispin Mount says...

It's reassuring to note that given these recent austere times (there can be no more house flipping for poor Geoffrey) he shows remarkable economic ingenuity in creating tasty new income streams for himself - all cloaked behind that opaque brass-plate structure, the LLP.

Tis time we had a Cotswold rep in Westminster rather than a Westminster rep (or occasional visitor) in the Cotswolds.
It's reassuring to note that given these recent austere times (there can be no more house flipping for poor Geoffrey) he shows remarkable economic ingenuity in creating tasty new income streams for himself - all cloaked behind that opaque brass-plate structure, the LLP. Tis time we had a Cotswold rep in Westminster rather than a Westminster rep (or occasional visitor) in the Cotswolds. Crispin Mount

8:40am Fri 24 Jan 14

Iansky says...

Another case of the political elite playing the game to feather their nest.

Clifton Brown has only emerged from the shadows occasionaly so he could have a "Grip & Grin" photo taken for local papers and be seen, he then very quickly dissapears back into his world of spin.

One day we may start to get some honest politicians that actually care about their constituancies and provide positive support, alas, we will not see that in the Cotswolds until the likes of Clifton Brown are replaced.

It is a shame for the good politicians who get tarred with the same brush !
Another case of the political elite playing the game to feather their nest. Clifton Brown has only emerged from the shadows occasionaly so he could have a "Grip & Grin" photo taken for local papers and be seen, he then very quickly dissapears back into his world of spin. One day we may start to get some honest politicians that actually care about their constituancies and provide positive support, alas, we will not see that in the Cotswolds until the likes of Clifton Brown are replaced. It is a shame for the good politicians who get tarred with the same brush ! Iansky

12:18pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Susie Clark says...

That got all the Lib Dem activists jumping up and down ! We just need Council Taxpayer to emerge from the shadows and we have a royal flush !
It just illustrates that , in the absence of any real policies or ideas, you all resort to name calling, innuendos and smearing - but perhaps that's from the Lord Rennard handbook for prospective political candidates.
PS. to Lansky - it would give you more credibility if you learnt to spell " constituency "
That got all the Lib Dem activists jumping up and down ! We just need Council Taxpayer to emerge from the shadows and we have a royal flush ! It just illustrates that , in the absence of any real policies or ideas, you all resort to name calling, innuendos and smearing - but perhaps that's from the Lord Rennard handbook for prospective political candidates. PS. to Lansky - it would give you more credibility if you learnt to spell " constituency " Susie Clark

11:12pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Union Man says...

Its not the Executive Coaching Crispin, it is trying to serve on two public bodies 100 lmiles apart, so can we be assured that Paul will stand down from Glos CC if elected to Parliament, or will we get a Job share MP/CC with no time to do either job properly?
Its not the Executive Coaching Crispin, it is trying to serve on two public bodies 100 lmiles apart, so can we be assured that Paul will stand down from Glos CC if elected to Parliament, or will we get a Job share MP/CC with no time to do either job properly? Union Man

11:15pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Union Man says...

Executive Coach, reminds me of those old Plaxton Panoramas on the Oxford Tube that used to belch out black smoke and noxious diesel fumes.
Executive Coach, reminds me of those old Plaxton Panoramas on the Oxford Tube that used to belch out black smoke and noxious diesel fumes. Union Man

7:25am Sat 25 Jan 14

Col Mustard says...

Tory MP in earnings cover up shock , Labour MP in expenses scandal,Libdem MP in sex expose........

No change here then ! Why dont the electorate do something different for a change and not tolerate the thieving and lying and deceit that everybody knows goes on !

When was the last time our MP was seen in public ? He cannot even be bothered to pose in the floods for the usual staged photocall. Also the Loch Ness monster has been seen more times than "our" feckless MEP !
Tory MP in earnings cover up shock , Labour MP in expenses scandal,Libdem MP in sex expose........ No change here then ! Why dont the electorate do something different for a change and not tolerate the thieving and lying and deceit that everybody knows goes on ! When was the last time our MP was seen in public ? He cannot even be bothered to pose in the floods for the usual staged photocall. Also the Loch Ness monster has been seen more times than "our" feckless MEP ! Col Mustard

8:04am Sat 25 Jan 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

Col Mustard wrote:
Tory MP in earnings cover up shock , Labour MP in expenses scandal,Libdem MP in sex expose........

No change here then ! Why dont the electorate do something different for a change and not tolerate the thieving and lying and deceit that everybody knows goes on !

When was the last time our MP was seen in public ? He cannot even be bothered to pose in the floods for the usual staged photocall. Also the Loch Ness monster has been seen more times than "our" feckless MEP !
Vote UKIP ... the only sensible option.
[quote][p][bold]Col Mustard[/bold] wrote: Tory MP in earnings cover up shock , Labour MP in expenses scandal,Libdem MP in sex expose........ No change here then ! Why dont the electorate do something different for a change and not tolerate the thieving and lying and deceit that everybody knows goes on ! When was the last time our MP was seen in public ? He cannot even be bothered to pose in the floods for the usual staged photocall. Also the Loch Ness monster has been seen more times than "our" feckless MEP ![/p][/quote]Vote UKIP ... the only sensible option. Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum

8:45am Mon 27 Jan 14

Iansky says...

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum wrote:
Col Mustard wrote: Tory MP in earnings cover up shock , Labour MP in expenses scandal,Libdem MP in sex expose........ No change here then ! Why dont the electorate do something different for a change and not tolerate the thieving and lying and deceit that everybody knows goes on ! When was the last time our MP was seen in public ? He cannot even be bothered to pose in the floods for the usual staged photocall. Also the Loch Ness monster has been seen more times than "our" feckless MEP !
Vote UKIP ... the only sensible option.
I agree and will probably be looking seriously at UKIP, I am fed up with our current breed of "Politicians" being more interested in point scoring and finger pointing than delivering.

This also applies to our local councillors in many cases which has resulted in us being where we are today, a town in rapid decline with dangerous roads full of potholes (not fixed for at least 6 months), street lights out, uneven pavements all of which has created a siege mentality for older people too afraid to venture out in the dark for fear of falling.

Thank you Susie for your eagle eyed observation of my spelling mistake, I can spell by the way so take you comment more as a snide remark than an observation.
[quote][p][bold]Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Col Mustard[/bold] wrote: Tory MP in earnings cover up shock , Labour MP in expenses scandal,Libdem MP in sex expose........ No change here then ! Why dont the electorate do something different for a change and not tolerate the thieving and lying and deceit that everybody knows goes on ! When was the last time our MP was seen in public ? He cannot even be bothered to pose in the floods for the usual staged photocall. Also the Loch Ness monster has been seen more times than "our" feckless MEP ![/p][/quote]Vote UKIP ... the only sensible option.[/p][/quote]I agree and will probably be looking seriously at UKIP, I am fed up with our current breed of "Politicians" being more interested in point scoring and finger pointing than delivering. This also applies to our local councillors in many cases which has resulted in us being where we are today, a town in rapid decline with dangerous roads full of potholes (not fixed for at least 6 months), street lights out, uneven pavements all of which has created a siege mentality for older people too afraid to venture out in the dark for fear of falling. Thank you Susie for your eagle eyed observation of my spelling mistake, I can spell by the way so take you comment more as a snide remark than an observation. Iansky

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