Globetrotting Greater Manchester MPs have been on £125,000 worth of foreign trips over the current parliament, the M.E.N. can reveal – while Rochdale’s Simon Danczukis the top media earner.
Labour’s Mr Danczuk has earned more from newspapers and publishing since the summer than any other MP has in five years, including hundreds of pounds for articles attacking his own party.
The M.E.N. trawled through parliament’s register of interests from 2010 to this month to see exactly what our MPs have declared.
Between them they have visited 35 different countries – usually for conferences or fact-finding missions – including Taiwan, Azerbaijan, the Cayman Islands and Thailand.
Labour’s Ivan Lewis is the most-travelled in his role as shadow international development secretary, while Tory MP Graham Brady went on the single most expensive trip – an £8,600 visit to Grand Cayman.
He told the MEN that it was to discuss governance issues such as tax transparency.
He also accepted two days at the Caton Hall estate in Derbsyhire – worth a total of £1,650 – from the British Shooting and Conservation Association, which he said was an event ‘to educate MPs’.