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Theresa May gets her Brexit dividend

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There’s nothing so ex as an ex-Prime Minister. But while the likes of Boris Johnson, Liz Truss and David Cameron are busy off respectively writing columns, making speeches and, er, running the Foreign Office, Theresa May has been content to quietly reside on the backbenches. As MP for Maidenhead, she has spent much of the past year promoting her new book – Abuse of Power – which proved to be the best-seller at October’s party conference.

But such a low-key approach continues to reap dividends. For recently-published accounts show that in the year up until March 2023, the former PM’s eponymous company declared more than £1,540,000 in net assets – some 30 per cent up on £1,186,000 that she registered in March 2022. This figure comprises May’s earnings on the public speaking circuit. One speech in London in November 2022 bagged a tidy £107,600 while another in California in March 2023 netted a tidy £121,700.

And regardless of the election result, May’s fortunes don’t look like diminishing anytime soon. Since March 2023, she has also declared £61,500 in the advance for her book, with another £1,640 to do the audio version. Talk about a ‘strong and stable’ return…

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