MP earns £100,000 in extras

Former Health Secretary Alan Milburn has earned more than £100,000 on top on his MP's salary, including work for health organisations, according to new figures published yesterday.

Alan Milburn

Former Health Secretary Alan Milburn has earned more than £100,000 on top on his MP's salary, including work for health organisations, according to new figures published yesterday.

The Darlington MP earned up to £35,000 for writing newspaper articles and appearing on television and up to £30,000 as a member of Lloydspharmarcy's healthcare advisory panel.

He was paid up to £10,000 for a speech made to a summit held last November by Dr Foster Intelligence, a public-private partnership aiming to improve the quality and efficiency of health and social care through better use of information.

Details of Mr Milburn's earnings, on top of his MP salary, are set out in the latest register of MPs' interests published yesterday.

The Labour MP also travelled around the world, including to Japan, along with a number of his Parliamentary colleagues across the North-East - with the bills usually paid by foundations, interest groups, companies or governments of countries visited.

Cabinet minister and Durham North West MP Hilary Armstrong received an upgrade from British Airways for herself and her husband during a private trip from London to Hong Kong last December, an overnight stay in Shenzhen, China, as guests of the Shenzhen Communicable Disease Centre and tickets for them to the Melbourne and Sydney cricket Test matches from the Fairfax Media Group.

Former Transport Secretary Stephen Byers travelled to Montreal, in Canada, to attend the United Nations climate change conference in December 2005 in his capacity as co-chairman of the international taskforce - with the bill paid for by the promoters of the taskforce. The North Tyneside MP travelled to Mexico last June for a meeting on climate change, with the costs picked up by the UK and Mexican governments.

The bills for attending meetings in Beijing and the United States in October last year and February this year were paid for by an alliance of international legislators.

Hexham MP Peter Atkinson was paid up to £5,000 as a Parliamentary and public affairs consultant to the Countryside Alliance, which provided research work.

Berwick MP Alan Beith earned up to £20,000 as a consultant to Bourne Leisure Group, a holiday park operator in the UK and abroad, and up to £5,000 for occasional lectures for New York State University in London.

Chris Mullin, MP for Sunderland South, earned £1,500 for royalties and film rights from four books written between 1982 and 1987.

Stockton North MP Frank Cook earned up to £10,000 as a Parliamentary adviser, with an emphasis on environmental issues, to company DSM Demolition and its associated companies.

Newcastle North MP Doug Henderson is a member of the advisory board of McDonald's.

Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn received a match ticket, hospitality and coach transport from McDonald's during last year's football world cup in Germany as a member of the Parliamentary football club which played charity games.

He also received hospitality and coach transport from National Grid.

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