Lord Goldsmith responded to Angela Rayner over allegations that her brother had been paid £1,000 a day by the Government.
The deputy leader of the Labor Party claimed that Ben Goldsmith, a non-executive director in the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra), was evaluating the work of his brother, who is the Minister for the Pacific and Environment.
Mr Goldsmith, financier and environmentalistwas appointed as a non-executive director in 2018 by Michael Gove, who was the environment secretary at the time.
“The Tories have taken more than £1,000 out of the pockets of nurses, care workers and low-income families who rely on Universal Credit,” Rayner wrote on social media. “By the way, Ben Goldsmith is paid £1,000 a day to ‘examine’ his own brother, Lord Goldsmith. What a fuss.”
But Lord Goldsmith countered: “He has paid nothing and is not there to examine me. He … – as I think any conservation NGO working with him will attest – has been a great force for kindness and ambition.”
This is confirmed by Defra’s 2019-20 annual report and accounts showing that Mr Goldsmith waived his £15,000 wage entitlement to work 15 days a year in both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years.