Geoffrey Cox’s island idyll revealed: No wonder he was keen to get away from Westminster… while MP colleagues toiled 4,000 miles away, THIS was his paradise retreat
- Sir Geoffrey Cox stayed at the Cooper Bay Villas on the isle of Tortola while working his ‘second job’
- Worth £3.1million, it boasts five bedrooms, five bathrooms across two villas
- Secluded Cooper Bay is short walk and beach of Trunk Bay is around the corner
Discreetly located above a secluded bay on the sun-drenched holiday isle of Tortola, Cooper Bay Villas is the last word in luxury.
Set in 1.7 acres of perfectly manicured tropical gardens, this dream destination is where Sir Geoffrey Cox QC, the Tory MP for Torridge and West Devon, was billeted while beavering away at his ‘second job’.
As far as temporary digs are concerned, it is certainly not too shabby.
Worth £3.1million, the five-bedroom, five-bathroom residence is split across two villas and no expense was spared, gushes a local estate agent, in the property that ‘redefines luxury and contemporary island living’.
Discreetly located above a secluded bay on the sun-drenched holiday isle of Tortola, Cooper Bay Villas is the last word in luxury
Set in 1.7 acres of perfectly manicured tropical gardens, this dream destination is where Sir Geoffrey Cox QC, the Tory MP for Torridge and West Devon, was billeted while beavering away at his ‘second job’
In the main house, there’s an impressive living and media room with soaring Bali-style woven ceilings, an enormous kitchen with professional-grade appliances perfect for whipping up an after-work meal, marble bathrooms and bedrooms where occupants are lulled to sleep by Atlantic breezes and the sound of gently lapping waves.
A vast deck faces the ocean with breathtaking views of brilliant blue waters and there’s an infinity plunge pool with loungers and a barbecue.
The famously secluded Cooper Bay is a short walk away and the sandy beach of Trunk Bay is just around the corner, yet the property is only ten minutes’ drive from Road Town, the capital of the British Virgin Islands.
A bustling, noisy port where giant cruise ships disgorge tourists daily and yachts sail in and out, Road Town is also where Sir Geoffrey works for the inter-national law firm Withers.
The MP, who was sacked as the Government’s top legal officer in February 2020, was staying at the property while acting on behalf of the British Overseas Territory’s government in a courtroom inquiry, ordered by the Foreign Office, into allegations of corruption, abuse of office and ‘other serious dishonesty’ by the BVI’s political class.
The 61-year-old lawyer, who took advantage of temporary Covid rules that allowed MPs to appoint a ‘proxy’ to vote on his behalf and was thus able to be some 4,000 miles away on Tortola, has been devoting an astonishing number of hours a week to his legal work.
Sir Geoffrey, who charges almost £1,000 an hour for his legal services, earned almost £300,000 from Withers between late March and the end of April, working for 311 hours, according to Commons disclosures.
In the past six months, Sir Geoffrey spent 680 hours working for Withers, raking in £637,235 in the process, taking his total earnings outside his parliamentary work to well over £1million a year.
Sir Geoffrey also made a second personal trip to the BVI in June. It’s not known if his wife Jeanie or any of his adult children accompanied him.
Local sources say Sir Geoffrey is treated as a senior British dignitary on these trips.
On the orders of the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, Andrew Fahie, whose nickname among locals is the rather undignified ‘Fat Albert’, the eminent QC is fast-tracked through immigration and transported around the island by trusted government drivers. On time off from his work at Ritter House, where the inquiry is being held, Sir Geoffrey stays mainly under the radar and socialises with legal colleagues.
He has, however, been spotted at the island’s upmarket Brandywine Estate restaurant that specialises in French and New World cuisine.
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The rent for Sir Geoffrey’s luxury quarters is estimated to be £5,200 a week and the bill is being picked up by the BVI government and taxpayers.
Some £3.7million has been put aside for the cost of the inquiry, of which £2.2million has been spent so far.
Dickson Igwe, an outspoken and respected local columnist, expressed astonishment that Sir Geoffrey was spending so much time in the BVI and stayed in such luxurious quarters.
‘I’m surprised that a British MP is living such a jet- setting lifestyle, staying in a ridiculously expensive property like this, because ultimately it’s the BVI taxpayers who will be paying for it and his British constituents who are not getting his full attention,’ he said.
On Friday, Sir Geoffrey’s parliamentary aide said the MP was not responsible for booking the villa. ‘It was not done by him and was for the whole legal team, who occupied it throughout the inquiry,’ Alison Ramsay told The Guardian.
She added: ‘Sir Geoffrey has no idea how much it was rented for.’
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