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Boris Johnson has earned £1 million in the last six weeks, according to the latest register of MPs’ interests. His total earnings from 14 December to 13 January were £960,298. 

The MPs’ register of interests is a public declaration of any earnings an MP receives outside of their regular income. Its purpose, the Parliamentary website explains, is to ‘provide information about any financial interest which a Member has… which others might reasonably consider to influence his or her actions or words’. From this same register, it was revealed that Matt Hancock received £320,000 for his recent appearance on I’m A Celebrity.

Boris Johnson poses with his wife Carrie Johnson in the garden of 10 Downing Street following their wedding at Westminster Cathedral, 2021

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According to this register, Johnson also received £447,299 for two speeches: for Bloomberg Singapore this month and for the Aditya Birla Management Corporation, an Indian multinational conglomerate, last month. Alongside this, he received a gift of flowers and chocolates worth £785 from Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the foreign affairs minister for the United Arab Emirates. The register also disclosed that Johnson earned £3,000 for an article he wrote for The Spectator magazine, which only took him an hour to write.

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Another large chunk of Johnson’s profits are thanks to his upcoming memoir, which publisher HarperCollins has announced – so far, the publisher has paid him £500,000. The book, which is described as ‘a memoir like no other’, is due to speak about his dramatic spell in No10, covering the pandemic, the Partygate scandal and the war in Ukraine. 

Commenting on the book, a Tory insider said to Tatler that it was ‘nice to know he’s working hard for his constituents as always’. Though, according to the register of interests, Johnson has only worked on his memoirs for 10 hours so far.

Queen Elizabeth II welcomes newly elected leader of the Conservative party, Boris Johnson, 2019

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As a former Journalist, Johnson has often been praised for his agile use of rhetoric and his speeches in Parliament – his speech in the Houses of Commons when the Queen died was pointed to as one of the best examples of good speechwriting on Twitter

‘She seemed so timeless and so wonderful that I am afraid we had come to believe, like children, that she would just go on and on,’ he said, ‘wave after wave of grief is rolling across the world, from Balmoral – where our thoughts are with all the Royal Family – and breaking far beyond this country and throughout that great Commonwealth of nations that she so cherished and which cherished her in return.’

Boris Johnson waves after speaking to conference on the third day of the Conservative party conference, 2015 in Manchester, England

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Commenting on Johnson’s memoir, another Tory source told Tatler, ‘Johnson has always been a fantastic orator, though there perhaps isn’t always enough substance to go with his style. I don’t blame people for forking out that much money though – he’s entertaining.’ 

Johnson has also already written several books, including the international bestseller The Churchill Factor, a biography of the wartime leader, and a comic political novel – Seventy-Two Virgins.

Other former Prime Ministers have raked in the cash on their post-tenure memoirs: Labour PM Tony Blair reportedly received £4.6 million for his book A Journey, according to the Mail, while according to the same source, David Cameron was said to have earned £1.5 million for his memoir, For The Record. Theresa May became the highest-earning MP in 2020 after raking in more than £500k for virtual speeches.