Former Tory minister and MP for Wealden Nusrat Ghani criticised for a new job. While serving as a transport minister in September 2019 Ghani lobbied for the Belfast Maritime Consortium.
They won the bid which was for £33m grant to develop zero-emission ferries in Belfast.
The problem is Ghani will now serve as a non-executive chairman for the Belfast Consortium Supervisory Board. Her salary will be £66,000 for seven hours of work every month.
This will give her £700 per hour for the job on top of her £82,000 annual MP salary. It does not get any more immoral than this. I wonder how her constituents feel about her dealing with the Belfast Consortium.
Labour shadow maritime minister, Mike Kane said “This again shows the revolving door between ex-ministers and private firms. This can’t be right. The maritime industry like so many others is desperate for government action to protect jobs and livelihoods in the face of wholesale redundancies. The timing of this just won’t sit well for ordinary people when as recently as last week over 100 jobs at P&O alone were lost.“.
Ghani was born in Kashmir and sat as Wealden MP for over five years now. As an MP she should realise that yes, you can make money immorally as an MP. The problem is it always comes back to bite you where you do not want.
It comes down to one simple thing and that is trust! Now your constituents will never trust you again. What she has done is show people, she will lobby for money.
As the are made unemployed through COVID-19 she will enjoy here £700 per hour job at our expense. We, in turn, will hold her accountable and make sure this is her last term holding any office.