The Times, trawling through the new Register of Members’ Interests, reveals that William Hague’s income has dropped by £600,000 since he became Shadow Foreign Secretary. That massive drop in income for Parliament’s biggest earner still leaves Mr Hague with a £400,000 income, however.
Labour MP and former Europe minister Denis McShane criticised Mr Hague for his outside interests and called for the Tory leader to appoint a full-time foreign affairs spokesman:
“[William Hague’s] obsession with earning zillions may impress his business chums, but it’s not serious politics. Most MPs will be goggle-eyed with jealousy, but David Cameron should appoint someone who is prepared to do the job full time.”
Mr Hague is also completing a biography of anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce.