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Outspoken Tory deputy chairman Lee Anderson to earn £100,000 for presenting GB News show

22 Mar 2023 3 minute read
UK Parliament official portrait of Lee Anderson,

Conservative deputy chairman Lee Anderson has revealed he will be paid £100,000 a year for hosting a show on GB News.

The annual fee, declared in an update to the MPs’ register of interests published on Wednesday, is a significant increase on the £200 weekly payment he received for appearing as a regular on Dan Wootton’s show.

The controversial MP for Ashfield, in Nottinghamshire, became the fifth Tory MP to host a GB News show when his deal with the channel was announced on March 7.

He joins fellow Conservatives Jacob Rees-Mogg, Esther McVey and Philip Davies, who all currently host shows. Bishop Auckland MP Dehenna Davison previously hosted a show but left when she was made a levelling up minister.

But Mr Anderson’s £100,000 fee makes him the highest earning of that group so far, receiving almost double the £58,650 which Ms McVey received in 2022. Her husband and co-host, Mr Davies, received £46,203 in the same year.

Mr Rees-Mogg is yet to disclose how much he is being paid by the channel.

Announcing his decision to join GB News, Mr Anderson previously said: “GB News is the true voice of the great British silent majority. I’m joining the people’s channel to ensure their voice is heard.”

Death penalty

The MP has proved controversial since his election in 2019, calling for the return of the death penalty and claiming people on Universal Credit were not in poverty.

Wednesday’s update to the MPs’ register of interests also included another £527,000 in speaking fees for Boris Johnson from the first two weeks of March.

The former prime minister received £261,596 from London-based consultants Brand Finance PLC and £266,031 from American law firm Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check.

Some £369,605 of that total has been deducted from a £2.5 million advance the former prime minister received from speaking agency Harry Walker Agency in January.

Mr Johnson also declared an advance of £42,500 from Hodder and Stoughton for a book, reported to be his memoirs of his time in Downing Street.

Several other MPs declared new second jobs, including former cabinet minister Sajid Javid, who will be paid £300,000 a year for advising Jersey-based investment firm Centricus Partners for between eight and 10 hours a month.

Another former minister, Sir Gavin Williamson, will receive £50,000 a year as an advisor to education provider RTC Education and former justice secretary Sir Robert Buckland will be paid £48,000 a year as senior counsel to solicitors Payne Hicks Beach.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves has received an advance of £8,200 from Hodder and Stoughton for her book on “The Women Who Made Modern Economics”.


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Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
11 months ago

I assume that’s more money than he gets for being an MP.

His voters should be asking questions of themselves.

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
11 months ago
Reply to  Nobby Tart

It is indeed. The basic MP’s salary is £84,144.

Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
11 months ago

That what the UK has become – you can earn more money by spouting hatred than by being an MP. The Union is broken – time for change – time for independence.

Windy
Windy
11 months ago

More tory crapagander

Karl
Karl
11 months ago

Man cheats on his responsibilites. Mp’s work 7 days and get enough money. but greed and conflicting interests are allowed. Time for indy.

Bryn
Bryn
11 months ago

So relieved to hear the good news about Lee Anderson. At last the poor devil can afford a decent meal! No more 30p snacks for him! ( Heavy sarcasm.)

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
11 months ago

G B News the mouthpiece of the Tory Propaganda on T V with the Vile Tory M P,s and they try to claims its UNBIASED best joke i heard for a long time

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
11 months ago

Sicker by the day.

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
11 months ago

30p Lee – as he is affectionately known – is another immodest man with much to be modest about.

Lord Montague Flange.
Lord Montague Flange.
11 months ago

What exactly does this have to do with Wales?
We already know that tories are scum.

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