Ex-Brexit secretary David Davis earning £3,000 per hour for JCB role | Politics News

Former Brexit secretary David Davis has revealed he is earning £3,000 per hour as an “external adviser” to digger manufacturer JCB.

The Conservative MP will be paid £60,000 over the next 12 months by the Staffordshire-based company.

He will be required to dedicate approximately 20 hours per year to the role, according to a declaration in the House of Commons’ register of members’ financial interests.

Mr Davis resigned from the government in July in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit strategy.

He subsequently voted against the prime minister’s Brexit deal last week, having branded the agreement “substandard”.

A backhoe loader on the production line. Pic: JCB
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JCB have employed David Davis as an ‘external adviser’

According to his entry in the register, Mr Davis consulted the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments about the appointment.

The watchdog considers whether new jobs for former ministers and senior civil servants are appropriate.

They have the power to bar ex-ministers from approaching still serving ministers or officials in their new roles.

JCB, one of the world’s top three manufacturers of construction equipment, is chaired by Anthony Bamford, the son of the multi-billion pound firm’s founder.

Lord Bamford is a leading Brexit supporter and his company made a £100,000 donation to the Vote Leave campaign during the 2016 EU referendum.

Boris Johnson speaking at the headquarters of JCB in Rocester
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Boris Johnson received £10,000 from the digger manufacturer

JCB received a multi-million pound fine for violating EU antitrust law in 2000.

The firm, which made profits of more than £200m in 2017, is also a major donor to the Conservative Party.

The latest version of the register of MPs’ interests also reveals JCB made a £10,000 donation to former foreign secretary Boris Johnson on 15 January.

Mr Johnson, who spearheaded the Vote Leave campaign, quit the government at the same time as Mr Davis, also in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit strategy.

Last week, Mr Johnson delivered a speech at JCB’s headquarters in Rocester, where he claimed the government had not shown “sufficient drive” in Brexit negotiations.

Commenting on Mr Davis’ new job, Labour’s shadow cabinet office minister Jon Trickett said: “What David Davis will get paid in 20 hours takes most people over two years to earn.

“But then again, under the Tories it’s one set of rules for the few and another for the many.

“Most people when reading this will no doubt think ‘snouts in the trough’.

“And this is exactly why Labour has repeatedly warned of the damage to the reputation of parliament caused by arrangements like this and why they need to stop.”

Fellow Labour MP Karl Turner joked Mr Davis’ role “proves there is definitely a Brexit dividend to be had”.

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