Former prime minister Liz Truss has been named as the current MP with the highest hourly rate for second jobs - after being paid almost £190,000 for just 12 hours' work.

The South West Norfolk MP's second jobs included a speech in Taiwan for the think tank Prospect Foundation, for which she was paid £20,000 per hour for four hours.

In total - for that speech and three others, in India, Tokyo and Switzerland, which all followed the Conservative's short stint at 10 Downing Street - she received £189,200. That was a rate of £15,700 an hour.

A spokesman for Liz Truss said:
“Since stepping down as prime minister, Liz has continued to work hard for her constituents in South West Norfolk.

"Amongst other things, she has helped secure a new hospital to replace the QEH in King’s Lynn, she has ensured a new banking hub will open in Downham Market and has stood up for the interests of local farmers.”

The Westminster Accounts analysis, which spans the period since the 2019 elections, was conducted by Sky News and media company Tortoise.

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Of other Norfolk and Waveney MPs, Great Yarmouth's Sir Brandon Lewis, a former justice secretary, was paid £51,770 for 76 hours of work in second jobs.

That included work for Essex-based Woodlands Schools, which the Conservative recently became a director of for the second time, and advice to West Sussex property developer Thakeham Homes and Kent-based civil engineering company FM Conway.

Broadland Tory MP Jerome Mayhew was paid £14,720 for 89 hours of work, including £10,200 as a non-executive director of Walsingham Estate Management Ltd.

Fellow Conservative George Freeman was paid £10,000, including £5,000 for consultancy work for PPE firm Aerosol Shield.

North Norfolk MP Duncan Baker was paid £6,150 for 534 hours of work at North Norfolk District Council.

Those were allowance claims during the period after his initial election when he was also a Conservative district councillor.

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Norwich South Labour MP Clive Lewis was paid £3,290 for completing Ipsos Mori surveys and writing articles for the Guardian.

Conservative North West Norfolk MP James Wild was paid £200 for an Ipsos Mori survey, while fellow Tories Richard Bacon (South Norfolk) and Peter Aldous (Waveney), received no payments for any second jobs.