Boris Johnson received $328,234 from Rupert Murdoch for his trip to Montana

Though it was not revealed who Johnson met during his time there, he was paid well enough even for a “fireside chat.”

  • Boris Johnson and Rupert Murdoch (The Telegraph)
    Boris Johnson and Rupert Murdoch (The Telegraph)

After Boris Johnson traveled to the state of Montana at the request of Australian-American billionaire Rupert Murdoch. The amount of £276,130 ($328,234) plus expenses appears in the former Prime Minister’s account for a speech delivered in the US.

The former British Prime Minister’s interest register, which all MPs are required to update every month, details his trip to Montana for a business meeting on October 11.

The detailed entry shows that the cost of Johnson’s domestic travel within the US was covered by Murdoch, along with “lodging and entertainment” provided to him and two staffers, valued at £11,559 ($13,740).

Although it has not been revealed who Johnson met during his time there, Murdoch is believed to own a large ranch in the state.

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Three days later, on Oct. 14, Johnson delivered a 30-minute speech at the Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers (CIAB) conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado, followed by a 45-minute “fireside chat” — for which he pays well became enough.

Transport and accommodation were also arranged by the conference for themselves and two staff members, and that’s on top of the £276,130 ($328,234) check, but that’s not all.

In the entry, Johnson revealed Tory donor Anthony Bamford had offered him and his family £3,500 ($4,160) accommodation over the course of four weeks. Bamford is the Brexit advocate and businessman who paid for Johnson’s wedding reception in July.

Rows of checks and positions

Theresa May, Johnson’s predecessor, explained in her register of interests that she received £8,000 ($9,509) from a “private community for senior executives” called the World 50 after appearing at a virtual speaking event in the United States.

In addition, she was paid £97,000 (US$115,303) to speak at an event hosted by private equity firm Apax Partners – although Johnson’s “speaking fee” is still ranked higher than hers.

According to May’s interest register account, fees earned from her speeches were used to pay her staff’s income while she maintained her “ongoing involvement in public life” and supported charitable causes. The annual salary of her private office is £85,000 ($101,039).

Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock was also paid £10,000 ($11,887) for attending a conference discussing how the government should support cryptocurrencies.

Johnson was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party from 2019 to 2022. He resigned after several scandals surrounding parties at his office during the Covid-19 lockdown. Liz Truss succeeded him but only managed to survive 44 days before resigning on Thursday after a series of controversial economic policy decisions.