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Across the country, there is currently a debate surrounding MPs and their outside earnings.

Former Cabinet minister Sir Geoffrey Cox could face an investigation over claims he 'broke the rules' by using his parliamentary office for his second job offering legal advice.

Parliamentary figures, including MPs in Suffolk, are required to declare their financial interests in order to be transparent about what may disrupt their work as an MP and to keep in check with House of Commons rules.

Suffolk News has taken a look at the Members' Register of Interest on the Houses of Parliament website
Suffolk News has taken a look at the Members' Register of Interest on the Houses of Parliament website

The register is updated on a regular basis, with the latest Register of Members' Interest published on November 1.

Suffolk News has taken a look at each MP in Suffolk and their latest declaration.

1. Matt Hancock, West Suffolk

On October 7, Mr Hancock received £2,000 for three hours' work after he wrote a newspaper article for DMG Media, which publishes the Mail on Sunday.

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock
West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock

Under his Register of Interests, the West Suffolk MP notes a number of donations of support 'linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation'.

These include donations of £10,000 from Tattersalls Ltd, Newmarket, and £20,000 from Unex Holdings Ltd in Stetchworth. Both of these were registered in February this year.

Mr Hancock was also supported by a donor named Disciple Media Ltd with two donations, registered in February 2020 and February 2021, totalling a value of £15,586.

Since January 25, 2021, the former Health Secretary has also owned more than 15 per cent of shares in Topwood Limited, shredding, storage and security systems under a delegated management arrangement.

Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds
Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St Edmunds

2. Jo Churchill, Bury St Edmunds

As of November 1, Jo Churchill owned five properties - alongside her husband - in Lincolnshire, a house and three flats in Grantham and a house in Newark, which are valued at over £100,000 and/or gives a rental income of over £10,000 a year.

The Bury St Edmunds MP also holds over 15 per cent shares in South Lincolnshire Scaffolding Ltd. As well as holding shares in the company, she is also stated to be a director, although the company is non-functioning.

Ms Churchill is also a trustee of SLS Pension Fund.

Dr Dan Poulter MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021
Dr Dan Poulter MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography 2021

3. Daniel Poulter, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

Registered first in December 2015, the Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP receives £3,066.67 per month for work as an NHS doctor from a foundation trust based in London.

On the register, it states that Mr Poulter's hours are 'variable', with an 'approximate average 72 hours worked per calendar month'.

He also received an additional payment of £150 for no additional hours in May.

Mr Poulter registered that he had donated a payment of £230.21 to charity for an article published in the Observer last year.

From July 19 until further notice, he is acting as a non-executive director for Kanabo Group PLC, a pharmaceuticals company based in London. He is receiving £24,000 a year, paid monthly, for approximately seven to eight hours a month.

Under miscellaneous, the 43-year-old has registered that he is a member of Ipswich Towns funds board. Share options are also 'anticipated to be available at a future date in Kanabo Group PLC'.

The Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP also employs his mother, Carol, as an office manager.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt. Picture: House of Commons
Ipswich MP Tom Hunt. Picture: House of Commons

4. Tom Hunt, Ipswich MP

The Ipswich MP received a £2,500 donation from the Carlton Club in London, which was registered in January this year.

Mr Hunt also owns a flat in East Cambridgeshire which is valued at over £100,000 and/or gives a rental income of over £10,000 a year.

Therese Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal
Therese Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal

5. Thérèse Coffey, Suffolk Coastal

Ms Coffey co-owns a house in Hampshire alongside her mother, which is valued at over £100,000 and/or gives a rental income of over £10,000 a year.

The Suffolk Coastal MP also employs her sister as a secretary on a casual basis.

MP James Cartlidge. Picture: Mecha Morton
MP James Cartlidge. Picture: Mecha Morton

6. James Cartlidge, South Suffolk

Until September 29, Mr Cartlidge held over 15 per cent shares in Share to Buy Ltd.

The South Suffolk MP was also an unpaid of director of the same company until August this year.

Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney. Picture: House of Commons
Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney. Picture: House of Commons

7. Peter Aldous, Waveney

The Waveney MP has two properties listed under his financial interests which is valued at over £100,000 and/or gives a rental income of over £10,000 a year.

Mr Aldous is a partner in a family farm in Halesworth, and has interest in a farm near Ipswich.

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