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Nadine Dorries salary: How the Culture Secretary earned £157,000 writing books

Following the resignation of former Tory MP Owen Paterson last November, MPs have come under the spotlight when it comes to their income outside Parliament. The Culture Secretary was one of several Tory politicians who he said had benefited greatly from his second job. So what exactly is his salary?

As of April 1, 2020, an MP’s annual salary was £81,932.

In addition, Members receive expenses to cover the costs of a number of other services.

This includes running an office, employing staff, having accommodation in London or in their constituency and traveling between Parliament and their constituency.

However, according to the Register of MPs’ Financial Interests, Ms Dorries declared the tenth highest earner of any Tory politician since the 2019 UK general election.

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How did Nadine Dorries get into politics?

Initially, Ms Dorries’ first foray into politics was unsuccessful as she failed to win the seat of Hazel Grove – Greater Manchester – in the 2001 UK general election.

Indeed, it was only four years later that she was first elected MP for Mid Bedfordshire, where she remains to this day.

Between 2019 and 2021, Ms Dorries served as Minister of State for Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and Patient Safety.

Then, in Boris Johnson’s latest cabinet reshuffle, in September 2021, she was appointed to succeed Oliver Dowden as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.