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Grayling to become Hutchison Ports advisor

[ September 17, 2020   //   ]

Former Transport Secretary and current Conservative MP for Epsom and Ewell Chris Grayling has been appointed by Hutchison Ports as a part-time advisor, reports the BBC. He will be paid around £100,000 a year for a seven-hour week, it says. Under Whitehall rules, he will be limited to advising the Hong Kong-owned Felixstowe, Harwich and London Thamesport operator on its environmental strategy and its engagement with local enterprise bodies, not on commercial or Brexit affairs. He will also not be allowed to advise on government tenders or lobby ministers.

Mr Grayling’s three-year term as Transport Secretary included the controversial award of contracts to ferry operators to run extra sailings to cope with post-Brexit freight backlogs.