Hague's outside interests behind dive in popularity
William Hague has seen his popularity among Conservative Party activists take a plunge after suggestions that he was unwilling to give up his lucrative outside interests despite pleas from his leader for greater commitment among the Shadow Cabinet.
A poll of grassroots supporters by the Tory activists' website conservativehome.com found Mr Hague's support had fallen by 12 points. The shadow Foreign Secretary, previously a firm favourite among the party faithful, was said to be among those resisting plans by the Tory leader, David Cameron, to force his top team to give up any outside interests. Mr Cameron has since backed away from the move.
Mr Hague earned up to £300,000 last year from his activities outside Westminster, including after-dinner speaking, book writing and from paid positions as a parliamentary adviser to various groups.
The shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has been warned that conflicts of interest could arise when the 14 Shadow Cabinet members with second jobs meet senior civil servants before the next election. Gordon Brown has authorised the meetings, which are to prepare for a possible change in government.
The Labour MP Jon Cruddas has written to Mr Maude to express "grave concern" that the Shadow Cabinet members could gain "insider knowledge" of sensitive government plans of interest to their other employers. Mr Cruddas pointed to the shadow Business Secretary, Alan Duncan, who could be in line to learn sensitive information despite holding a directorship of an energy firm and advising another on oil and gas.
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 3 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 4 African jawbone discovery pushes birth of humanity back by 400,000 years
- 5 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Out-of-touch MPs ‘don’t get it’, says ex-Civil Service chief
George Clooney and Amal fail to get special treatment at New York restaurant
'A girl is more responsible for rape than a boy': The statement that shocked the world... except India
African jawbone discovery pushes birth of humanity back by 400,000 years
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
£12047 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Part Time Payroll Officer required for t...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join ...
£8 per hour: Recruitment Genius: This Pension Specialist was established early...
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Central London based firm loo...