The highest earning MPs in the North East have been revealed.

The topic has come to the fore after former attorney general Sir Geoffrey Cox came under fire  following the disclosure in a corruption inquiry that he stands to make more than £1 million – on top of his annual MP’s salary of £81,000 – representing the British Virgin Islands.

Under Westminster rules MPs are barred from using their parliamentary offices for outside business, although Sir Geoffrey has said he is confident that he has not done anything wrong.

These are the five MPs who are taking home the largest wage from their second jobs.

Julian Smith MP

The Northern Echo: Ripon MP Julian Smith

The highest earner in the region was Julian Smith, the MP for Skipton and Ripon, who is earning £144,000 for 62-84 hours' work for three companies, including advising on energy and renewable fuels.

Read more: How much Ripon's MP Julian Smith gets from three further jobs

Kevin Hollinrake MP

The Northern Echo: Kevin Hollinrake the prospective MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey. Pic: Mike Tipping

Kevin Hollinrake, the MP for Thirsk and Malton was receiving an salary of £50,000 for 192 hours of work as the director of Hunters Property Plc.

He also had a car allowance of £9,000. He first registered the interest in 2015 and was receiving the salary until March 19.

Read more: How much Thirsk MP Kevin Hollinrake was paid from donors and jobs

Dehenna Davison MP

The Northern Echo:

Dehenna Davison, MP for Bishop Auckland, was paid £500 for an article published in the Sun last November.

She is also paid £369 a week for her show in GB News – which she has been presenting since June 13 – amounting to just more than £8,000 so far.

Read more: How much Bishop Auckland MP Dehenna Davison is paid from GB News

Julian Sturdy MP

The Northern Echo: Julian Sturdy

Julian Sturdy, the MP for York Outer receives £500 a month for no more than four hours of work a month.

He is partner at GE Sturdy and Sons, a farming partnership based in Wetherby – amounting to £6,000 a year.

Read more: How much York Outer Julian Sturdy was paid from donors and jobs

Matt Vickers MP

The Northern Echo:

The MP for Stockton South received £465 per month from Stockton Borough Council from April 30 to March 8 – approximately 10 months of work that earns about £4650.

He was also paid £1,020 for carrying out surveys.

Read more: How much Stockton South MP Matt Vickers was paid in second jobs