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Kent MPs declare financial interests

By Paul Francis

An MP accepted tickets and hospitality to a top rugby international, an FA Cup semi-final and the Bafta awards, according to the latest Parliamentary register of interests.

Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins also accepted an invitation to a Premier league match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace.

In total, the tickets and hospitality were valued at £6,303.

MP Damian Collins accepted hospitality worth more than £6,300
MP Damian Collins accepted hospitality worth more than £6,300

All the declarations were properly reported and complied with the rules governing what MPs must register.

According to the latest version of the register, Mr Collins - who is chairman of the digital, culture, media and sports committee - accepted two tickets from the British Film Institute (BFI) to the Bafta awards in February.

The tickets, along with hospitality, were valued at £2,498.

He also accepted two tickets from ITV to attend a crunch Six Nations international between England and Ireland at Twickenham in March, which together with hospitality, was valued at £2,397.

In the same month, he was a guest of Chelsea FC at a match with Crystal Palace with two tickets and hospitality valued at £1,060.

Ashford MP Damian Green revealed he is paid £1,000 a month by the Mail on Sunday
Ashford MP Damian Green revealed he is paid £1,000 a month by the Mail on Sunday

In April, he attended an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, courtesy of the Football Association with two tickets valued at £350.

The MP’s attendance at a Chelsea Premier league match cropped up during the latest hearing of the Culture, Media and Sports committee.

It was questioning leading figures in the EU.Leave campaign about its alleged links with Russia.

The MP was urged to excuse himself from the hearing by EU.Leave communications director Andy Wigmore.

He said accepting hospitality from "Putin's number one man in the United Kingdom" left him conflicted.

Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark accepted two tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show
Tunbridge Wells MP Greg Clark accepted two tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show

The MP dismissed the suggestion, calling it a "nice try" adding "no inducements or offers, no shares in goldmines" came out of his attendance at the match.

Meanwhile, Tunbridge Wells MP and business secretary Greg Clark accepted two tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show last month, provided by a financial investment company Lazard and Co.

The tickets and hospitality were valued at £1,900.

In other new disclosures, Ashford MP Damian Green has registered a year-long contract to write column for the Mail On Sunday for which he is paid £1,000 a month.

MPs are required to declare any financial interest which "others might reasonably consider to influence his or her actions or words as a member of Parliament" within 28 days.

Mr Collins has been approached for comment.

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