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Has Geoffrey Cox got a new rival?

Sir Geoffrey Cox was thrust once more into the limelight just before Christmas, after the Owen Paterson row brought the issue of MPs’ second jobs to the fore.  Newspapers were agog at the former Attorney-General’s earnings, regaling their readers with endless zeros and pound signs galore. The Daily Mail splashed the news that the baritone barrister earned £1 million a year in outside work; the Guardian claimed Sir Geoffrey had taken home £6 million since first being elected to Parliament. But could the Torridge MP actually be getting a raw deal from his outside work? Estimates vary at to what Cox’s hourly rate is but his entry in the Commons register of interests in January says