John Major makes a million

John Major has earned pounds 1m since he lost the election, a newspaper claimed last night. The Mirror said Mr Major had been given a pounds 600,000 advance on his memoirs and had undertaken no fewer than six lecture tours to the United States, Sweden and Oman.

In one eight-day tour Mr Major earned pounds 160,000. Details of the tours were taken from the House of Commons' Register of Members' Interests, which does not give details of amounts of money earned.