Tory MP who wants Senedd scrapped rakes in over £250k from second job
A Tory MP who called for the Senedd to be be scrapped has raked in over £250,000 from a second job.
Daniel Kawczynski, who described the Welsh Parliament as a “massive additional expense”, is a consultant for a New York-based corporation that pays him a £36,000 salary.
He is also the UK Prime Minister’s trade envoy for Mongolia, which has large mineral deposits including gold, copper and coal.
Documents uncovered by the Daily Mail reveal that his UK Government role has opened doors for the Shrewsbury MP with mining industry figures in the Far East nation, but last night he denied any wrongdoing.
He puts in 30 hours a month for Electrum Group, and taking on the job in 2018, the mining investment firm has paid him £258,000. Kawczynski was appointed by the UK Government as trade envoy to Mongolia in October last year.
As part of that role, Mr Kawczynski has held meetings with Mongolian ministers. In May he is said to have requested their help in setting up meetings with mining industry figures during a planned trip to the country.
Kawczynski told the Mail that he hasn’t made any representations on behalf of Electrum in Mongolia and that he hasn’t used information from his work as an envoy to benefit the company.
He said: “I made it abundantly clear to civil servants when I got this role, I declared that I have an outside interest.”
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