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Hutton: from New Labour to nuclear lobbyist

Issue No. 2223

Lord John Hutton was Labour defence minister in the last government.

When he stepped down as an MP at the election, he pocketed a £64,766 pay-off and will get a pension of around £37,000 a year.

But despite claiming his pension he hasn’t stopped working. He was paid £4,000 a month for a three-day week to do the pensions review.

During the expenses’ scandal Hutton claimed £2,600 for “painting and decorating”. He then flipped his allowance to another property where he claimed £650 a month in rent.

Two months later he claimed £1,300 for a deposit a for new house.

Hutton is currently chair of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)—a defence and security think tank.

In June he joined the board of US nuclear power company Hyperion Power Generation. The register of MPs interests shows Hutton also joined PR firm Apco Worldwide as a “public affairs and strategic communications” consultant.

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Tue 12 Oct 2010, 18:13 BST
Issue No. 2223
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