Tories across the UK are renowned for holding down numerous extra little earners as board members on private health and housing companies. Sometimes they are serial board members with numerous fees for attendance maybe once a month.
Now Scotland’s new team of Tories may lose thousands if a new bill to restrict such activity makes it through the Scottish Parliament. Labour MSP Neil Findlay’s members bill seeks to restrict the extent to which MSPs can take on extra jobs to earn beyond their current and not-to-bad, £61 778 a year.
Needless to say, it’s the Tories who have the most to lose if he succeeds as I hope he does.
Here are some of the bigger ones:
Alexander Burnett £120 000 AJA Burnett (£10 000 a day?)
£6 120 North Banchory Company
Adam Tomkins £35 000 Glasgow University
Donald Cameron £50 000 2 non-exec directorship (2.5 days work?)
Edward Mountain £40 000 Delfur Farms (2-4 hours per week?)
£14 000 Delfur Fishing (1 hour per week?)
John Scott £10,000 farming
Peter Chapman £20,000 farming
Michelle Ballantyne £10,000 manufacturing business
Tomkins famously said he could not afford to live on the MSP salary with his four children!