Boris throws own MP under bus as he rages at Geoffrey Cox over £1M Virgin Islands job

Dominic Raab hits back at Labour over sleaze debate

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The most recent register of financial interests showed that Sir Geoffrey will earn close to £1million for working for an international law firm appointed by the British Virgin Islands (BVI) government in January. He will work up to 41 hours a month for the money.

Sir Geoffrey’s posting to the BVI came after temporary House of Commons rules allowed MPs to vote while away from the Chamber.

The Torridge and West Devon MP used the rules which allowed parliamentarians to still vote and take part in debates from home to make the 4,000 mile journey abroad.

Taking aim at Sir Geoffrey today, a spokesman for the Prime Minister said it was important MPs were “visible” to their constituents.

“An MP’s primary job is and must be to serve their constituents and to represent their interests in Parliament,” he said.

“They should be visible in their constituencies and available to help constituents with their constituency matters.

“If they’re not doing that, they’re not doing their job and will rightly be judged on that by their constituents.”

However, while the No10 official made clear the Prime Minister’s unease with Sir Geoffrey’s actions, he said Mr Johnson did not support a ban on MPs having second jobs.

The House of Commons “can and historically has” benefited from MPs having second jobs, he said.

“A ban on second jobs will catch those who still work in roles such as doctors and nurses.”

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