A company that marketed a failed bond scheme that lost savers £236m has been funding an MP's private salary. Johnny Mercer receives £85,000 from Crucial Academy, a company ultimately funded by Surge Financial Limited. Mr Mercer, himself a former Army officer, is contracted to work four hours per week, a rate of more than £350 per hour. He was the subject of criticism in July 2018 after he choose to appear in Celebrity Hunted, a Channel 4 television programme where participants go on the run and images are released of them so people can try to track them down, rather than attend his work in Parliament. Whilst appearing on the programme, he missed the meeting of the Health and Social Care Committee, which he is a member of, shortly before Parliament broke up for the summer recess. Mercer defended his decision, via a Channel 4 statement, arguing he had used his position to raise money for charity and had brought his parliamentary roles into filming. Mercer employs his wife as a part-time Office Manager on a salary up to £30,000. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-47884273 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Mercer_(politician) He sounds like a lovely man.