Former Energy Secretary on books of Green Deal firm

Former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has bagged a role as an advisor to a firm which benefits from a home improvement scheme he helped set up in office. Mr Huhne […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has bagged a role as an advisor to a firm which benefits from a home improvement scheme he helped set up in office.

Mr Huhne (pictured) resigned from office in February earlier this year when he was charged with perverting the course of justice for allegedly passing speeding points to his then-wife, allegations he denies.

Now the Lib Dem MP for Eastleigh is on the books of Nationwide Energy Services (NES), an energy saving advice and installations firm which takes advantage of the Green Deal scheme.

The Green Deal which opened this year gives people upfront loans to pay installers to put insulation in their homes.

According to the MPs’ register of interests, Mr Huhne was paid £20,500 by NES last month as a consultant for “providing advice on business strategy and policy”.

This was made up of a £10,000 signature fee and a retainer of £3,500 a month paid in advance for October, November and December.

It is understood the payments are acceptable under House of Parliament rules but a spokesman for the Taxpayers’ Alliance told the Daily Mail the arrangement “stinks”.