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Former transport secretary Chris Grayling has sparked anger by reportedly accepting a £100,000 a year advisory role at Hutchison Ports.
The Tory MP will reportedly collect his six figure salary for just seven hours of work a week for the private port network.
His appointment was approved by the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments in spite of the "perceived risk" that it may give the firm an unfair advantage. Grayling has reportedly promised the watchdog that he won't advise Hutchison Ports on "commercial maritime activities" or "risks and opportunities associated with Brexit", and will rather stick to environmental strategy and engagement with local businesses.
But in spite of this, some people have characterised the appointment as being unfair.
MPs accepting second jobs is a controversial topic.
£100,000 a year for just seven hours of work per week. Our system is totally rigged. https://t.co/zDvygcbOot— Richard Burgon MP (@Richard Burgon MP) 1600291805
This one story says everything about our society, government, capitalism..in fact everything about Britain today. A… https://t.co/ouwRCutPHC— AR (@AR) 1600318578
And Grayling's appointment is particularly controversial because of his disastrous run as transport secretary.
Under Theresa May, Grayling spent tens of millions of pounds on ferries chartered to bring supplies to the UK in the instance of a no deal Brexit that were never used. He was accused by MPs of wasting £85m of taxpayers's money on the "rushed and risky" scheme.
Grayling also faced calls for his resignation when it was revealed that one of the companies, to whom he awarded a £13.8m contract, didn't actually own any ferries. Seaborne Freight was contracted to make Channel crossings between Ostend in Belgium and Ramsgate in Kent.
Grayling refused to apologise for the gaffe and earned the nickname 'No Ships Grayling' in the process.
I beg you, Morpheus - TAKE ME BACK TO THE FUCKING SIMULATION https://t.co/EtE2AlkFdv— Marina Hyde (@Marina Hyde) 1600330236
Chris grayling being allowed to advise on ports and ferries is like Margret Thatcher advising on helping the miners… https://t.co/t7ITlpn0al— Daud (@Daud) 1600330676
He has also been dubbed the "worst transport secretary of all time".
Goodbye Chris Grayling. You will go down in history as the worst Transport Secretary of all time. Your legacy is in… https://t.co/0JVQZRxMY3— Andy McDonald MP 💙 (@Andy McDonald MP 💙) 1563986279
The Spectator’s annual parliamentary awards: Most useless Cabinet minister - Chris Grayling. Most deluded politici… https://t.co/lQxPuX2J0C— John Simpson (@John Simpson) 1544277189
Shadow communities secretary, Andrew Gwynne, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It’s another example of a major d… https://t.co/clnXrxEQWz— Andrew Gwynne MP 🐝 (@Andrew Gwynne MP 🐝) 1549710613
The irony of Grayling's appointment has clearly not been lost.
indy100 has contacted Chris Grayling for comment.
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