House of Commons

The Register of Members' Financial Interests: Part 1
As at 30th March 2015

STRAW, Rt Hon Jack (Blackburn)

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

Payments from News International Supply Co Ltd.  Address:  Cygnet Park, 200 Serpentine Way, Peterborough PE7 8FD:

10 September 2014, received £500 from News Corp (formerly News International) for article for The Times on 14 August 2014. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 15 September 2014)


Payments from Specialist Speakers, 18 Waxwell Lane, Harrow, London, HA5 3EN, UK

Received 14 November 2014, £3,000 in respect  of a conference organised by, and held at,  Fuller Research Group, T/A Acumen Fieldwork Ltd (3 Canal Street, The Village, Manchester M1 3HE) on 16 October 2014. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 21 November 2014)

Consultant to ED & F MAN Holdings Ltd; commodity traders, advising the group and its senior executives on the international and national environment in which it operates and on other specific matters.  Address: Cottons Centre, Hays Lane, London SE1 2QE  (£55,001-£60,000).  Payment received on a quarterly basis.

3 April 2014, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 January 2014 to 31 March 2014.  Hours: approx 50 hrs. (Registered 8 April 2014)

11 July 2014, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 April 2014 to 30 June 2014.  Hours: 30 hrs. (Registered 14 July 2014)

19 November 2014, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the quarter 1 July 2014 to 30 September 2014.  Hours: 30 hrs. (Registered 2 December 2014)

8 February 2015, received £15,000 consultancy fee for the period 1 October to 3 December 2014. Hours: 30 hrs approx. (Registered 24 February 2015)

Received 30 April 2014, £137.25 from Cambridge University Press, Shaftesbury Road
Cambridge CB2 8BS
in respect of royalties from the sales of the Hamlyn Lectures 2012. No additional hours. (Registered 12 May 2014)


Payments received from the London Speaker Bureau, of Elsinore House, 77 Fulham Palace Road, W6 8JA:

18 March 2014, received £10,000 as fee for speaking at Dialogue Series on Nigeria’s Democracy at Government House, Port Harcourt, Nigeria event on 11 March 2014. The payer was: Mario and Stevens, Yasuha Plaza, Adetokunbo, Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria. Mario and Stevens also paid for London Heathrow/Abuja return flights and transport to and from Heathrow; £5,250 in total.  I also spent one night (11 March) in State Government Guest House, Port Harcourt, Nigeria, estimated value £200, and one night (12 March) paid for by a nonregistrable source.  Hours: 4 days including travel. (Registered 2 April 2014)

11 April 2014, received £4,600.87 as fee for speaking at the "Turkish Davos", Uladag, Bursa, Turkey, 20-22 March 2014, plus (for my wife and me) return flights from Heathrow to Istanbul at a total cost of £1,734 and accommodation and transfers estimated at £600 in total. Payer was Dogan Burda Dergi Yayincilik ve Pazarlama A.S, Kuştepe Mahallesi, Mecidiyeköy Yolu Caddesi, No: 12 Trump Towers Kule 2 Kat: 24 Şişli-Istanbul. Hours: 2.5 days, including travel. (Registered 14 April 2014)

Received 17 February 2014, £150 from the BBC New Broadcasting House London W1, fee for appearance on Any Questions, Altrincham, Cheshire on 7 February 2014. Hours: 10 hrs including preparation and travel. (Registered 14 May 2014)

15 May 2014, received £7,773.13 in respect of a speaking engagement on 8 May 2014, at a conference on "Sustainable Futures" in Lisbon organised by Impressa Publishing,  (IMPRESA Sociedade Gestora de Participações Sociais, SA of   Paço de Arcos Oeiras Municipality, Portugal), and in addition, £46.40 for London travel and £84.97 for dinner in Lisbon. The costs of accommodation, approx £315, and return flights at £1,011 were paid directly by the organisers. Hours: 44 hrs including preparation and travel. (Registered 1 July 2014)

1 July 2014, received £7,000 in respect of speaking engagements on 30 June 2014 for the Center of Political and Foreign Affairs, of 11, Boulevard de la Tour Maubourg, 75007 Paris, and, in addition, £675.08 for return travel from London to Paris and incidental costs. The costs of accommodation estimated at £2,492 were paid direct. Hours: 48 hrs. (Registered 1 July 2014)

Received 20 October 2014, £5,000 in respect of a speech to a conference organised by the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (St Michaels House, 1 George Yard, London EC3V 9DH) held at 155 Bishopsgate, EC1, on 7 October 2014. Hours: 6 hrs. (Registered 21 November 2014)

Payment from ComRes, (CommunicationResearch Ltd, Covenham House, Downside Bridge Road, Cobham Surrey KT11 3EP), for opinion survey:

22 August 2014, £90 paid direct to local charity. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 15 September 2014)

Received 30 September 2014, £270.00 from Telegraph Media Group Ltd, 111 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0DT in respect of an article in the Daily Telegraph on 24 September 2014. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 6 October 2014)

Payments from Associated Newspapers, 2 Derry Street, London W8 5TT:

24 December 2014, received £1,000 in respect of an article for the Daily Mail published on 28 November 2014. Hours: 4 hrs. (Registered 22 January 2015)

24 December 2014, received £1,000 in respect of an article for the Daily Mail submitted on 1 December 2014, yet to be published. Hours: 5 hrs. (Registered 22 January 2015)

From 12 November 2014, member of the Advisory Council of the Eurasian Council on Foreign Affairs Ltd, 20-22 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4JS, which is a forum for discussion of Central Asia’s relationship with the European Union. Remuneration: £12,500 plus VAT a year for an expected commitment of 40 hours. (£10,001-£15,000) (Registered 26 January 2015)

6. Overseas visits    

Name of donor: Akfen Holding 

Address of donor: Koza Sok No: 22 GOP, Ankara, Turkey.

Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flights from Bursa to Ankara and back to Istanbul, with a value of £6,753.30

Destination of visit: Ankara, Turkey

Date of visit: 22 March 2014

Purpose of visit: to meet a senior member of the Turkish government

(Registered 28 April 2014)

Prepared 1st April 2015