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Boris Johnson declares £1.3m earnings

Publié par Clifford Armion le 04/06/2012

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Hélène Mulholland

Boris Johnson earned just short of £900,000 from his freelance work on top of his six-figure mayoral salary in the first three years at City Hall, figures published by the Conservative mayor revealed yesterday, bringing his total earnings for the period to close to £1.3m.

His freelance earnings were £363,000 the year before he became mayor, when he was still an MP with a £55,000 salary. His full earnings over the past four years are just under £1.7m. The scale of Johnson's earnings will fuel claims by his rival Ken Livingstone that the Conservative candidate stands to significantly benefit from chancellor George Osborne's decision to scrap the 50p top rate of tax – a move that Johnson strongly lobbied for.

The release of the earnings data raises the possibility of demands on future MPs to reveal their tax arrangements, and could set a precedent at the next general election for a more open, US-style contest.
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"Boris Johnson declares £1.3m earnings", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2012. Consulté le 14/07/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/boris-johnson-declares-1-3m-earnings