MPs earn £65,738 from their parliamentary jobs and while they claim to spend about 70-80 hours a week on their parliamentary duties, over 20 have declared earnings over £100,000 from other jobs.
I imagine that this is how most of them feel.
1. There's loads of money in giving speeches, apparently.
(And yes, that is Gordon Brown hanging out with JLS).
He received £60,679.90 for giving a speech to the Abu Dhabi Education Council. Must have been tough..
Don't ask him about it though, it's a touchy subject.
2. Working as a barrister is pretty rewarding, too.
Stephen Phillips, MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham declared over £740,000 while Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, also declared an earning of £417,000.
Phillip's' justification is pretty incredible. He told the Guardian that since he's not a minister, being a barrister benefits his constituents as it "enables me to keep a foot in the real world".