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In the first half of 2014, MPs have earned £150,000 for journalism work

MPs have been paid nearly £150,000 in the first of half of this year for journalism work.

George Galloway. Photo: Getty
George Galloway has earned his entire annual MP's salary in four months of journalism work. Photo: Getty

MPs have been paid nearly £150,000 in the first half of this year for journalism work, the Press Gazette reports.

The highest-earner among MPs for journalism is the notorious sounder-offer George Galloway, who matched his MP's annual salary (£67,000) in the first four months of this year with money made from journalism. He earns money from a rather petrifying trinity of television channels – the state-backed television station Russia Today, LBP TV (a channel broadcast out of the offices of former Iran-backed station Press TV), and Al-Mayadeen TV (allegedly funded by Iran and Syria, and which has been accused of being "pro-Syria"), among other organisations.

The Press Gazette quotes a spokesperson for Galloway: "He does believe in spreading his message as widely as he can - not just through the prism of parliament."

Other high earners include Labour MPs Gisela Stuart (£13,200) and Austin Mitchell (£10,000) for work on parliament trade magazine House.