Derbyshire MPs earn hundreds of pounds an hour from online polls

Many people supplement their income by taking online surveys for money and it seems MPs are doing the same for a lot more money.

While most members of the public can typically earn up to £20 for filling out a form, MPs can expect an average fee of £188 per hour.

According to the latest Parliamentary Register of MPs’ Interests since 2019, polling firms have paid 119 MPs at least £68,900 for completing more than 749 forms since 2019.

MPs are not required to say what they did with their income, but a proportion said they donated it to charities, local organizations or their local political party.

Of the reported £68,900 given to MPs, at least £12,625 was distributed – and it is likely that much more was distributed to good causes.

Derbyshire MPs won a total of £1,680 from online polls.

In Derbyshire, the highest earner filling out forms was North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley, who was paid £1,205.

The Conservative MP answered six polls in six hours.

Mr Rowley told Derbyshire Live that the full amount he was paid for the investigations had been donated to good causes or charity.

Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham (Conservative) received £275 for responding to a survey in one hour, and Bolsover MP Mark Fletcher (Conservative) received £200 for a survey he completed in one hour.

Both MPs donated their entire honorarium to charity.

Heather Wheeler, MP for South Derbyshire, also received an unspecified amount for taking surveys, which she donated to the South Derbyshire Conservative Association.

Of the polls where the amount paid or expected to be paid was declared, Sir Desmond Swayne received the highest amount of honorarium of any MP in the House of Commons.

The Conservative MP for New Forest West spent 25 hours completing 39 surveys and polls in return for £4,780. Sir Desmond said he had donated the entire amount to charity.

Many entries in the Register of Interests do not specify which polling company commissioned the MP to complete a poll

Of the polling firms named, Ipsos MORI appears to be the biggest payer, often offering MPs £275 for 60-90 minutes of their time.

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Melvin G. Rodriguez