MP for Wellingborough and Rushden among top earners for completing paid surveys

Peter Bone is among the top-earning MPs in the country when it comes to getting paid for filling out online surveys.
Peter Bone is among the top-earning MPs in the country when it comes to getting paid for filling out online surveys.
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Peter Bone is among the top-earning MPs in the country when it comes to getting paid for filling out online surveys.

The data, collated by the Northants Telegraph from the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, saw the MP for Wellingborough and Rushden come in at joint-seventh – taking home £1,275.

He earnt the money by undertaking 15 surveys between January 2015 and March 2016 for ComRes, Ipsos Mori and YouGov, averaging about £153 per hour.

There were six MPs who took home more money than Mr Bone for completing surveys.

Topping the list was Labour MP for Newport West Paul Flynn, earning £1,610.

Other high-earners include: David Davies (Con, Monmouth, £1,580), Dan Jarvis (Lab, Barnsley Central, £1,535), James Gray (Con, North Wiltshire, £1,440), Bob Blackman (Con, Harrow East, £1,405) and Karl McCartney (Con, £1,380, Lincoln).

The surveys completed by Mr Bone ranged from 60-minute questionnaires, for which he was paid £200, to five-minute surveys, for which he was paid £10.

ComRes, YouGov and Ipsos Mori are leading market researchers, who have recently published a number of voting polls in the run up to the EU Referendum.

A YouGov spokesman said they offered a bespoke service where people could pay for a select group of 100 MPs to answer their questions to find out “what Westminster thinks”.

MP for Kettering Philip Hollobone and MP for Corby and East Northants Tom Pursglove did not receive any payments for completing surveys.