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Chris Grayling handed £100,000 ports adviser position for seven hours a week

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The former transport secretary has been involved in a number of controversies during his time in politics.

Chris Grayling has secured an adviser role for some of the UK’s top ports which will see him paid £100,000 per year for seven hours work each week, according to official documents.

Parliament’s register of members’ financial interests showed the former transport secretary, who has been involved in a number of controversies during his time in politics, to be a strategic adviser to Hutchison Ports Europe since the start of September.

He will continue in the position for the company, which counts Felixstowe and Harwich among its terminals, until the end of August 2021.

The Port of Felixstowe
The Port of Felixstowe (Mike Page/PA)

But the appointment was approved by the watchdog after the Tory MP gave a reassurance he would not advise the firm on Brexit opportunities or commercial maritime matters.

The Epsom and Ewell MP resigned as transport secretary when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July 2019.

He sparked outrage when it emerged he had awarded a £13.8 million contract to Seaborne Freight – a company with no ships – to mitigate the potential consequences of a no-deal Brexit.

A total of £100 million in contracts was awarded to three companies – Brittany Ferries, DFDS and Seaborne – but they were ultimately scrapped at an estimated cost of £56.6 million after Brexit was delayed.

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Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries (Brittany Ferries/PA)

He came under fire for his decision while justice secretary to part-privatise the probation service, which ended up costing the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds.

Other controversial moments include an attempt to cut legal aid to prisoners and a £6 million contract to train prison staff in Saudi Arabia despite its appalling human rights record and use of capital punishment.

He was also criticised for awarding a contract to Carillion to run prison maintenance when it was clear the firm was going bust.

He was also caught up in the Workfare scheme, under which claimants were forced to work for free or lose their benefits, and was criticised when he knocked a cyclist off his bike with a car door after complaining about cycle lanes.

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