Financial interests of region's MPs

OVERSEAS visits dominate the entries from the region's MPs in the Register of Financial Interests, published by the parliamentary authorities.Trips ranged from Jordan by Tories Simon Burns (Chelmsford West) and David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds), the Congo, Nigeria and Uganda by Labour's Bob Blizzard (Waveney) to Dubai, Cuba and the United States by Suffolk South Tory Tim Yeo, who was writing articles for a national newspaper.

OVERSEAS visits dominate the entries from the region's MPs in the Register of Financial Interests, published by the parliamentary authorities.

Trips ranged from Jordan by Tories Simon Burns (Chelmsford West) and David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds), the Congo, Nigeria and Uganda by Labour's Bob Blizzard (Waveney) to Dubai, Cuba and the United States by Suffolk South Tory Tim Yeo, who was writing articles for a national newspaper.

In his entries in the register, released yesterday , the Prime Minister lists some of wife Cherie's earnings for the first time. Undisclosed royalties from Mrs Blair's book The Goldfish Bowl: Married to the Prime Minister 1955-1997 are registered while fees for speaking engagements in Washington, Australia and New Zealand are also recorded but not detailed.

Tony Blair declares a sightseeing tour for the family provided by King Abdullah of Jordan, who he visited for official talks during a holiday in Egypt. He also lists 26 nights at Barbados villa of Sir Cliff Richard and states he made a charitable donation in lieu of the cost.


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Bob Blizzard (Labour, Waveney)

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Sponsorship or financial or material support: donation to constituency party from the GMB union.

Overseas visits: October 3-10 2004: to Democratic Republic of Congo with All-Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region and Genocide Prevention, paid for by the Rainforest Foundation, Greenpeace, and the all-party group's registered funds; August 1-10 2005: to Nigeria with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Niger Delta, paid for by Shell International Ltd; October 1-5, to Uganda, with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Great Lakes Region and Genocide Prevention, to study conflict in northern Uganda, paid for by Northern Uganda Advocacy for Peace Project.

Land and property: flat in London, from which rental income is received.

Simon Burns (Conservative, Chelmsford West)

Remunerated employment, office, profession: fees from The House Magazine for speeches to its “Westminster Explained” seminars (up to £5,000)

Overseas visits: January 3-7: to Jordan to meet the King, Government ministers and Members of Parliament to discuss Middle East peace process. Flight and accommodation paid for by the Jordanian Government

Douglas Carswell (Conservative, Harwich)

Sponsorship or financial or material support: donation to constituency party from Bearwood Corporate Services Ltd and Clacton Conservative Club.

Land and property: residential property in Hertfordshire, from which rental income is received.

Rt Hon John Gummer (Conservative, Suffolk Coastal)

Remunerated directorships: chairman, Sancroft International Ltd; chairman Veolia (formerly Vivendi UK); chairman (non-executive) Valpak, not-for-profit organisation for compliance with packaging waste directive; chairman of the Association of Independent Financial Advisers; non executive director Sovereign Reversions Ltd; non-executive director Catholic Herald.

Remunerated employment, office, profession etc: articles in Catholic Herald, Country Life, Estates Gazette, High Life, Planning, Evening Standard. I also chair conferences. The subjects in both cases are usually property, sustainable development and religious issues, and all payments go to Sancroft which provides research, staff, information services and all other facilities. Sancroft would expect about £60,000 in payments, in respect of which I would receive some £20,000 in fees and dividends.

Land and property: a residential and commercial property in London, owned by family.

Registered shareholding: Sancroft International Ltd.

Rt Hon Sir Alan Haselhurst (Conservative, Saffron Walden)

Remunerated employment, office, profession: earnings from publication of novels.

Hon Bernard Jenkin (Conservative, Essex North)

Sponsorship or financial or material support: donations to constituency party from Martin Banbury, of Dedham; Cavenham Estates Ltd (property developer, Colchester); Kevin Britton, of Clacton-on-Sea; John Jenkins, of Colchester; Christopher Palmer-Tomkinson, of Little Bentley; Kay Sadler, of Clacton-on-Sea; Richard Sargeant, of St Osyth; Heather Sowrey, of Colchester; Thomas Bates (house builder, Boxted); Ron West, of Colchester; Eric Wright, of Dalby, Lincolnshire.

Sir Michael Lord (Conservative, Suffolk Central and Ipswich North)

Remunerated directorships: The Palmer Family Trust.

Land and property: co-owner of a holiday site in Anglesey.

Chris Mole (Labour, Ipswich)

Sponsorship of financial or material support: donation from Connect, the union for professionals in communications.

Brooks Newmark (Conservative, Braintree)

Remunerated directorships: Telesis Management Ltd

Remunerated employment, office, profession: research and advice on investment opportunities in the UK and Europe to Apollo Management LP, both independently and through Telesis Management Ltd.

Sponsorship or financial or material support: donation to constituency party from Mr M Lewis, businessman.

Overseas visits: September 19-20 to Washington DC for meetings at the State Department, National Security Council, White House, and Congress. Travel and accommodation costs met by Dr Liam Fox's office from a donation by Michael Lewis, a London businessman. Free upgrade of airline seats from Virgin Atlantic on flights to and from Washington.

Declarable shareholdings: Telesis Management Ltd

David Ruffley (Conservative, Bury St Edmunds)

Remunerated employment, office, profession: solicitor (non practising), adviser on economic affairs to Lotus Asset Management from May 26 2005 (£15,0001-£20,000).

Overseas visit: January 3-7 to Jordan to attend meetings with senior Government ministers and others. Return flight and accommodation paid for by the Government of Jordan.

Bob Russell (Liberal Democrat, Colchester)

Declarable shareholdings: Magdalen Hall Ltd, company founded to facilitate the purchase of the former St Mary Magdalen church hall, Colchester, by Colchester Liberal Democrats.

Richard Spring (Conservative, Suffolk West)

Sponsorship or financial or material support: donations to constituency association from Bearwood Corporate Services Ltd and Malabar Capital Ltd, London

Overseas visits: September 24-28 to Syria to discuss economic development. Transport and accommodation costs paid for by Sovereign Solutions Ltd.

Land and property: flat in London from which rental income is received.

Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests: members of family benefit from a trust.

John Whittingdale (Conservative, Maldon and Chelmsford East)

Sponsorship of financial or material support: donation to constituency association from Lord Martyn Rose of Asheldham Hall, Essex.

Overseas visits: September 21-October 1, 2004 to India with Conservative Parliamentary Friends of India visiting Delhi, Kerala, Bangalore and Hyderabad to be briefed on political and economic developments with particular reference to information technology and life science (accompanied by wife whose travel costs he paid).

Tim Yeo (Conservative, South Suffolk)

Remunerated directorships: Univent Ltd

Remunerated employment, office, profession: occasional articles for Country Life; fortnightly article in Weekend FT; June 7, 2005 speech to Yorkshire Fiscal Group.

Gifts, benefits, hospitality: complimentary membership from London Golf Club; May 31, 2005 loan of private jet for two domestic flights from Netjets Ltd; June 23-25, 2005 two night stay at Gleneagles Hotel, accommodation and meals provided by hotel.

Overseas visits: November 10-15 2004, to Cuba to meet Government officials to carry out research for article in Weekend FT, fares and accommodation paid for by Sherritt International Corporation; October 29-November 1 to Dubai for two articles for Weekend FT, fares and accommodation paid for by Seasons in Style; February 10-19 to United States for articles in Weekend FT, fares and accommodation paid for by Financial Times; August 17-20 to Washington DC to stay at Congressional Country Club as a guest of James Siingerling, the chief executive officer of the Club Managers Association of America (I paid my own fare).

Declarable shareholdings: Anacol Holdings Ltd.

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