Keir Starmer salary: Labour leader earned £115k in last 6 years outside of MP work

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In the wake of the Tory ‘sleaze’ scandal it has come to light how much MPs, including Labour leader Keir Starmer, earn outside their parliamentary roles. The former Head of the Crown Prosecution Service previously worked within law, which is where he has been afforded opportunities to top up his earnings as a politician. So, what is Mr Starmer’s salary?

As of April 1, 2020 the annual salary for an MP has been £81,932.

In addition, MPs receive expenses to cover costs for a number of other services.

This includes running an office, employing staff, having somewhere to live in London or their constituency, and travelling between Parliament and their constituency.

However, according to the MPs register of interests Mr Starmer has earned more than £115,000 since he became the MP for Holborn and St Pancras.

These figures concern the period between his election on May 7, 2015 to November 1, 2021.

Indeed, they show the 59-year-old has taken home almost £114,000 from offering advice to law firms.

The figure includes £9,500 given to Mr Starmer by the Government of Gibraltar for legal advice in 2015.

He also took home more than £11,500 from top British law firm Mishcon de Reya and £18,000 from London law firm Simons Muirhead & Burton.

Prior to becoming an MP, Mr Starmer had a successful career as a lawyer, working as Director of Public Prosecutions and being appointed to the Queen’s Counsel.

Last November, he said he had given up his legal certificate “the best part of two years ago” which would mean he’s no longer qualified to provide legal advice.

MPs could see their annual salary increased this year after the rise was suspended in 2021 due to the economic impact of the Covid pandemic.

Typically, they see their earnings rise annually in line with average public sector salary increases.

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Mr Starmer, however, said on Monday “that we don’t need that pay rise and it shouldn’t go ahead” this year too.

If the rise does go ahead in 2022, MPs would see their pay packets increase by 2.7 percent – more than £2,000 – from April 1.

This date represents the same time the Government’s hike in National Insurance payments comes in.

Downing Street has said the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) – which sets the level of MPs’ pay and is independent of the Government – hadn’t “set out any proposals yet”.

Who is Sir Keir Starmer?

Mr Starmer was born in Southwark, London, on September 2, 1962 as the second of four children.

After leaving his career in law behind him, in 2013, he was selected to be the Labour Party’s prospective parliamentary candidate for the Holborn and St Pancras seat after it’s previous MP, Frank Dobson, decided to retire.

Initially, Mr Starmer served as the shadow Brexit secretary for several years before he ran for and won the 2020 Labour Party leadership election with 56.2 percent of the vote in the first round.

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