Boris Johnson has quit his weekly newspaper column which he was paid a tidy £250,000 a year to write.
The Foreign Secretary ended his lucrative contract with the Daily Telegraph following his appointment to the Cabinet.
A commission to write a book on Shakespeare from Hodder & Stoughton - for which Johnson received an advance of around £90,000 - has also been put on hold.
Life at the F.O. must be busier than Boris expected. No more newspaper column, book on hold, no time for internal insurrection. #MetHisMatch
-- CR Smith (@carolrosalind) July 18, 2016
Johnson brought his 20 years of work with the newspaper to end in a conversation with group editor Chris Evans, who thanked him for his service.
He is expected to write opinion pieces for a wide-range of newspapers in his capacity as Foreign Secretary, but will not be paid for the articles.
BORIS JOHNSON GOT 5K A WEEK FOR HIS COLUMN ?????????????????????
-- Meg Fisher (@MegRoseFisher) July 18, 2016
I (am about to) read in the news Boris was paid £250,000 for his weekly Telegraph column. I cld knock out a paragraph for a monkey. Anyone?
-- Kathy Clugston (@kathyclugston) July 18, 2016
Still can't believe Boris was paid £30k a month to write a weekly column for the telegraph. Guess he really needed the cash.
-- Hyder Abbasi (@HyderAbbasi) July 18, 2016
Johnson's outside earnings from writing saw him pay nearly £1 million in tax in four years, as shown in documents released earlier this year.
Over four years, he was paid £987,097 for his Daily Telegraph column - while book royalties brought in a further £469,385.