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Boris Johnson earned more than £160k for just two speeches

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Boris Johnson

By Staff Reporter

Boris Johnson was paid £40,000 an hour for giving a speech to an Indian magazine company, parliamentary records show.

The former foreign secretary received nearly £123,000 for a three-hour engagement with India Today on March 2.

Transport and accommodation were also provided by the New Delhi-based company Living Media India Ltd.

Mr Johnson was then paid £38,250 plus VAT by Citigroup for another two-and-a-half hour speech 10 days later, the register revealed.

Mr Johnson, the MP for Ruislip in west London, earns £275,000 a year for a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph, in addition to his parliamentary salary of £79,468. The latest register also shows he received an £8,000 donation from digger company JCB in March.

It came a month after another £15,000 donation from the firm and two months after he gave a Brexit speech at its headquarters, when he was given a further £10,000 donation.

Mr Johnson was recently judged to have breached Commons rules by failing to declare a 20% interest in a Somerset residential property within the required time limit.

He was threatened with "serious sanction" by the Commons Standards Committee if he were to behave in a similar manner again.

He apologised to MPs for his late declaration of £52,000 of outside earnings last December.

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