August 24th, 2012

David Miliband Earns £116 a Minute

At the end of July Guido revealed how David Miliband had made the most of being pipped to the Labour leadership by joining the 1%. The banana-brandishing former Foreign Secretary has raked in half a million quid over the last year, and the lucrative deals are still lining up. Miliband was paid £14,000 for a two hour speech at Claridge’s Hotel in June, meaning he earned a staggering £116.66 per minute. Perhaps it was the best career choice after all…


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  1. 1
    The ghost of Bryant's lonely mother says:

    Easy to part a fool from their money.

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  2. 2

    And that is before he starts printing it himself.

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      Merv says:

      How dare you Sir! I’m the printer par excellencece! No-one and I say NO-ONE prints better and more funny money than me!

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  3. 3
    A tax payer says:

    That’s £116 per minute too much!

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  4. 5
    The Imperial Tailor says:

    David Miliband is just another con-man politician. I don’t know why anyone would pay to hear him say anything.

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  5. 6
    Spunky says:

    Semen is good for your mental and physical health, a study has found.

    Whether it enters the body through oral sex or sex without a condom, the “mood altering chemicals” contained within seminal fluid reduce depression, increase affection and help you sleep.

    The State University of New York study found that women who regularly have unprotected sex are less depressed.

    Medical Daily points out semen contains mood-elevating estrone and oxytocin, cortisol, melatonin, anti-depressant prolactin, thyrotropin releasing hormone and serotonin.

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    • 70
      ho hum says:

      Ah! that might explain the syphilis outbreak which has temporarily closed down the porn industry in LA.

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    • 78
      NE Frontiersman says:

      ‘ women who regularly have unprotected sex are less depressed…’

      Well, since you’d have to be mindlessly euphoric to be so careless in the first place, this hardly counts as proof in my book.

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  6. 9
    smoggie says:

    Is he minimising his income tax and NI contributions through the use of an intermediary, such as Personal Service Companies or partnership, I wonder?

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  7. 10
    David seeking revenge animated style says:

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  8. 11
    Louise Mensch says:

    He has an invitation to be my guest blogger.

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  9. 15
    Fair Trade says:

    Earning £116 per minute would enable David to buy 82 packets of Fair Trade bananas a minute*

    *Assumes David arranges his affairs like his other socialist colleagues to avoid paying tax on his earnings.

    http://www.tesco.com/groceries/Product/Details/?id=263965117

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  10. 16
    The Poet Laureate Writes says:

    The Poet Laureate Writes

    Subject: Norwegian Mass Murderers

    Immigration of Islam spells doom
    Said young Breivik alone in his room
    The more that they breed
    The less we take heed
    That their weapon of choice is the womb.

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  11. 17
    Bozo Brown the Clown says:

    Dats a lotta bananas!

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  12. 18
    Spidy says:

    My spider-sense is tingling.

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  13. 19
    Gordon McFuckwit Broon (Never in the HOC doing the job I am paid for) still earning oodles of dosh says:

    There’s an ad running on this site and others “show me the money” supposedly exposing where MP’s get their money from.

    The thing is its only Conservative MP’s that are targeted and Dave Millitwat nor any other Labour MP is mentioned.

    Why not..do they have something to hide or is this just a partisian attack made by internet trolls

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  14. 21
    Labour says:

    SOUTH Shields MP David Miliband’s earnings have come under the spotlight after he was paid £14,000 for a two-hour speech.

    The former Foreign Secretary was paid at a rate of more than £116 a minute for a speech to a law firm at Claridge’s Hotel in London on June 14.

    The payment is outlined in Mr Miliband’s declaration on the latest register of MPs’ financial interests.

    He has collected £441,821.60 in outside earnings since June last year on top of his £65,738 annual salary as an MP.

    Veteran Labour MP Ronnie Campbell, who represents Blyth Valley, said outside earnings were wrong as it raised concerns about exactly who big-earning MPs were working for.

    He added that anyone wanting to pay so much money for a speech from Mr Miliband had “more money than sense”.

    A spokesman for the South Shields MP said Mr Milband’s outside interests did not clash with his duties to his constituents.

    He said: David Miliband’s job as MP for South Shields comes first, as shown by his speeches in Parliament. Outside interests are fitted around Parliamentary and constituency commitments.

    He also donates some fees to charity and has paid the 50 per cent tax rate on his income.

    Coun Iain Malcolm, Labour leader of South Tyneside Council, said Mr Miliband’s commitment to South Shields was “total”.

    “He is extremely well respected in the constituency and until someone demonstrates to me what he is doing is illegal, I cannot see what the problem is.”

    Mr Miliband also received a total of £75,000 for 10 days work as vice-chairman and non-executive director of Sunderland football club between June last year and February this year.

    For making speeches around the world, the MP earned £120,258, while as an adviser to several firms and organisations, he earned £185,875.60 for 12 days’ work.

    Five days of teaching at America’s Stanford University last September brought in £25,027, with travel and accommodation worth £3,834 covered. Mr Miliband also received travel and accommodation valued at £4,650.63 for six days of teaching at Harvard University.

    A further £4,011 came from seven newspaper articles.

    Several North East MPs do not have any outside earnings. A handful receive rental income from a property they own or part-own.

    Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah received £1,000 from a London theatre for 20 hours’ work in writing a 15-minute play. Hexham’s Guy Opperman has not done any outside work since becoming an MP, but has declared money received for legal services he provided as a barrister before May 6, 2010.

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    • 25
      Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

      While there are millions getting £50-odd quid a week on jobseekers, going to the food banks to beg for food, getting their houses repossessed, the MPs continue to trough on an Olympic scale.
      They are the scum of the earth.

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      • 46
        HenryV says:

        What always amazes me coming from a Labour area and having seen troughing Labour councillors and union reps all my life is how the idiots who vote for them, that is working class idiots, never see the “money”. The middle class idiots who vote for them think everybody lives as they do and cushioned from the outcome of Labour’s decisions.

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        • 66
          W.W. says:

          it goes like this.

          “You turn out and vote for me every five years or so, turn a blind eye to me screwing the system for squllions, and I’ll ensure you get enough money from the DWP so you can afford the nice 52inch Plasma TV you always wanted.”

          W.W.

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    • 29
      Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

      Huh ! Peanuts.

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    • 47
      The Imperial Tailor says:

      Let’s be clear here. Most of the money any of our MPs pretend they have ‘earned’ is bribery.

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    • 52
      cumuluscognition says:

      Yeah, but….

      Fink orf all dat Ein-Herr-U-Rant tax coz’ iz father woz wricth and Das Kapital-ist, innit!

      Ooh….

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  15. 22
    National Socialist says:

    Just why anyone would pay £14k to hear a politician spouting bollocks for two hours is totally beyond me. Give him £500 for his trouble and petrol if you must. But I do object to serving MPs doing what in my day were called ‘foreigners’.
    This is just abuse of his position as a public servant. If being an MP is as strenuous as they make it out to be then they wouldn’t have time to moonlight.
    There just isn’t sufficient control over what they do, or don’t do.
    And it’s even worse on the Tory side, with the likes of Yeo and his ilk.
    All in this together? Yeah, right.

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    • 27
      Gonk says:

      He probably just read Swallows and Amazons and substituted a few key names and phrases here and there. Gordon Brown for Captain Flint, Titty for Hilary Clinton. Bet they were pissed anyway.

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      • 53
        Schoolboy in the 50s says:

        I liked Missee Lee best. Of course you can’t even say that title without frowns now. The astonishing thing is that sometimes in St Mawes harbour, you can see a chinese junk moored, just like the book.

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  16. 23
    Lord Scalded Bollock says:

    Am I the only person to have heard the pronouncement of Sheik Ahmad Bahr.

    “Kill every last J*w and American”

    Time for IDF & Mossad to step up a gear.

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    • 24
      Conservative friends of Hamas says:

      He happens to be a top official of Hamas already.

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      • 44

        Don’t panic – once the Syrians have done a “Gaddafi” on the al-Assad family, Tehran will be isolated in their support of Hamas (unless you count North Korea, but that’s on the wrong side to be helpful, and the residents of that country don’t really “blend in” in the middle east well enough to be inconspicuous advisors) – it’s funny how much people want to reach a peaceful solution when the money runs out.

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    • 37
      Hate Mongering Watch says:

      Could you quote the source and provide the full context of the text.

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    • 43
      A fatwa on his head! says:

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      • 49

        Courage, intelligence and a great orator.

        Much of what he says, let’s not be complacent, describes bits of UK society as well – why can’t great people like this have more control over the other 70% – 80%? (Rhetorical – because someone would “suicide bomb” him to stay in order to stay in the 3rd century)

        Thank you “A fatwa on his head!” for brightening my day just a little bit.

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      • 57
        Anonymous says:

        Probably the most sense ever spoken by an Arab, bet that didn’t go down well with the home town audience !

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  17. 31
    Gordon Brown, attending a psychotherapeutic group session exploring self-awareness says:

    I saved the world! Therefore, I am priceless!

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  18. 32
    Mr Plum says:

    For gods sake why would anybody pay to hear milliband speak!

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  19. 36
    Prezza's Greatest Shits says:

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  20. 38
    Oh yaaaah! says:

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  21. 41
    Penfold says:

    How that sort of capitalist earnings sit with this spawn of Marxism must entail much doublethink and convolutions.

    So much for the party of the workers..

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    Rock on Polly says:

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  23. 51
    Sensible Person says:

    I think the saddest thing is that there are people who are actually prepared to pay to hear this non-entity with zero accomplishments to his name. No wonder our country is in terminal decline.

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    • 56
      The Imperial Tailor says:

      The saddest thing is that there are people who can’t see the obvious corruption which is entailed in this nonsense

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  24. 62
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Good to see mini-Blair following in the criminal’s footsteps.

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  25. 64
    Jimmy says:

    Politics of envy again. So sad.

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    • 65
      W.W. says:

      I doubt there are many people envious of this kn0b head, no matter how much money is.

      What there is, is annoyance at someone claiming to be of a socialist (ish) persuaion screw as much money as he possibly can out the system. Which is as close to bribery as is possible.

      There is also disbelief that anyone anywhere is prepared to pay £14k to be bored rigid by this tool for two hours.

      You usually find that envy is a very socialist failing.

      W.W.

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  26. 69
    Tony Blare says:

    £116 a minute?
    That’s fucking disgusting!
    I wouldn’t get out of bed for less than £150!

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  27. 71
    Scamp The Excitable Dog says:

    I want to make a funny, I seriously do, but until cash trousering free luncher’s like him and the rest of them who purport to know what’s better for US while doing the complete opposite are wiped out like a Vietnamese village after a Napalm strike, we’re going to go round and round in circles like a bunch of dumb fucking hamsters, it’s hard to even look at these articles knowing these c**ts are out there Guido, keep ‘em coming…I guess.

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  28. 72
    Bender watch. says:

    Why are all Royals trained in the arts of homosexuality?

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  29. 77
    gildedtumbril says:

    Lift any large stone and you will likely find a couple of millipedes underneath. They do useful work recycling the detritus thereunder. One cannot say the same of the millipede siblings. They are totally without attribute when it comes to work. They do not know what it is.

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