MPs earn up to £350 an hour for taking surveys

Firms such as YouGov and Ipsos Mori regularly question MPs on behalf of businesses and charities to find out the opinions of policy makers.

Since the 2019 election, 123 MPs have spent 695 hours carrying out 1,040 surveys - earning more than £116,000.

They are not breaking conduct rules if the earnings are declared, but it comes amid renewed scrutiny of outside work.

According to BBC analysis of the register of members’ interests, the majority of the participants from this Parliament - 69 in total - kept the cash they earned, while 24 gave it all to charity.

Others donated the money to their local parties, used it for office or campaign costs, or did a mixture.

Of the MPs who took part in surveys, 60 were Conservatives, 46 were Labour and 12 were from the SNP. One MP each from the Liberal Democrats, the DUP, the SDLP and Alba also took part, along with one independent member.

The research showed Patrick Grady, SNP MP for Glasgow North, earned the most since the last election, being paid £3,560 for over 20 hours work - the equivalent of £176 per hour.

His SNP colleague, the MP for Angus, Dave Doogan, spent the longest doing the surveys - more than 35 hours, averaging £78 per hour.

But the highest hourly rate paid to an MP was £354, with Labour’s shadow justice minister Alex Cunningham earning £1,950 for just over 5.5 hours work - donating the money to his local party.

Unsurprisingly, Tories lead the pack.

What a bunch of hustlers they are .


Nice work if you can get it.

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Make me sick the lot of them. :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: :face_with_symbols_over_mouth: :face_with_symbols_over_mouth:


£350 an hour – that’s what some really do ‘earn’ for half or more of a week’s real WORK!

I realise you didn’t write the article Omah, but that word ‘earn’ should be consigned to the bin when it comes to MPs and substituted for ‘paid’.

What else could be expected? Many of them have to keep up with pay from their previous occupations and hourly pay rates, solicitors £250, specialist solicitors £300 and barristers £800!
:thinking: :frowning_face:

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Blimey! and to think I only get the off fifty occassionally bunged my way for completing umpteen YouGov surveys :face_with_symbols_over_mouth:

Oh I did them for a while, then ignored them because it took so blooming long to receive them. I don’t think they send them to me any more :joy: