MP’s blunder over earnings

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GRANTHAM MP Nick Boles failed to properly register earnings for a second job, recently.

Mr Boles declared his initial monthly salary from the think-tank ‘Institute for Government’ and put the annual salary in brackets.

But he did not realise that he was supposed to declare the salary each month.

He said: “It was a mistake on my part. The way the system works we have to declare each payment. I didn’t think we had to. It was the same amount every month like any normal salary.

“I didn’t declare any of the following months.”

A Parliamentary Commissioner’s officer noticed the mistake and ordered Mr Boles to declare 18 payments of £2,216.

Mr Boles added: “I had to write a letter to explain what I did wrong. I think it’s all fairly straightforward.”