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Devon MP apologises after failing to declare £400,000 of outside income

A Devon MP has apologised to Parliament for failing to declare £400,000 of outside income.

Geoffrey Cox, Conservative MP for Torridge and West Devon, admitted failing to declare eleven payments for his work as a barrister within the 28 day period required.

The house has the right to expect from its members that they will uphold its rules to the fullest extent.

I hope that the house will accept my sincere and full-hearted apology for my failure to observe this important rule.

– Geoffrey Cox MP

He blamed it on an administrative oversight and made this statement in the House of Commons:

Badger culling: Debate in Parliament today

Badger culling officially became legal over the weekend Credit: ITV Westcountry

An Opposition Day debate on badger culling as a means of preventing bovine TB will take place in the House of Commons today.

Trial culls in parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire became legal at the beginning of the month.

The Badger Trust has released a video which they say shows the strentgh of opposition to culling.