‘Not sure I would!’ Dominic Raab breaks ranks to slam Geoffrey Cox over £1million law job

Dominic Raab 'not sure' he'd accept Geoffrey Cox's work

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Today presenter Amol Rajan questioned the Justice Secretary whether it was “reasonable” that Sir Geoffrey Cox, the Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon, earned almost £1 million representing the British Virgin Islands against the UK. Mr Rajan went on to ask whether it was acceptable that Sir Geoffrey signed a contract for City law firm Withers in November earning an eye-watering £400,000 a year for 40 hours work a month.

But in a surprising response Dominic Rabb slammed “I’m not sure I would take that on!”

The response prompted Amol Rajan to hit back: “You should have a chat with Sir Geoffrey! He’s probably listening right now.

“Why don’t you say right now to Sir Geoffrey whether or not you think it was a good idea for him to agree to that contract!

Mr Raab replied: “I don’t think the government should be piling on their own cases.

“Yes, the Government and the House of Commons has set out the principles but we have asked the Committee on Standards to firm up the detail of it.”

He added: “I have already said to you that I think the amount earns is of course one thing, particualryt from a perception point of view.” 

Mr Raab added how in a personal capacity he thought the “volume” and number of hours is of concern.

He explained this was because as an MP “your overriding priority is to serve your constituents and they “should not take on any interest that get in the way of that”.

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