Former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has won a new job – as a £437-an-hour energy consultant. It is the latest example of the ‘revolving door’ between senior Whitehall positions and lucrative jobs in the private sector.
The ex-Cabinet Minister, who resigned in February after being charged with perverting the course of justice over a 2003 speeding case, which he denies, has joined a firm specialising in home energy efficiency.
The move is likely to raise eyebrows because three months before leaving the Cabinet, Mr Huhne unveiled the Coalition’s ‘green deal’, which promises a cash incentive to households if they pay to insulate their homes.
Now Mr Huhne has been signed up by Nationwide Energy Services, which ‘provides advice to people wanting loft and cavity wall insulation and solar panels’.
The Lib Dem has received a £10,000 signing-on fee, plus a retainer of £3,500 a month for eight hours’ work – or £437 an hour.
It is the latest example of the ‘revolving door’ between senior Whitehall positions and lucrative jobs in the private sector, which critics claim allows former public servants to ‘cash in’ on privileged information.
Last night, a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said Mr Huhne had cleared his new job with the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, the Whitehall body that guards against possible conflicts of interest.
Mr Huhne’s spokesman said: ‘I can confirm this was cleared.’