Monday, May 1, 2023, 5:39 PM
Former UK Prime Minister Liz Truss will have to fork out £12,000 (about 13,500 euros) for personal meetings, bathrobes and rubber slippers. Chevening Country House, which Truss lived in when she was Foreign Secretary, has been the scene of several get-togethers with friends and acquaintances, apparently a la Boris Johnson’s “Partigate”. Food, wine and even a swimsuit, which was required in the residence after the former ‘Prime Minister”s intimate events during the summer of 2022, are some of the items commissioned by the former official Cabinet Office.
A source close to the government told The Mail on Sunday: “He used the Chevening Truss as a kind of replica of Downing Street with his inner circle and organized meetings until late at night.” He said, “Most of the elements disappeared during the celebrations, which were held for partisan political reasons and not for state actions.”
The bill sent to her, after five months away from politics after her resignation as head of government, just 45 days after her appointment, revived the scandal over the use given by senior officials to official residences in the country. Ministerial law states that if a minister organizes political parties or actions in the Houses of Grace, it must be for his own account or for the account of his party.
Although Truss did not refuse to pay for the bathrobe, he requested an “adjustment” of the value and the separation of official and personal expenses. Before settling the score, he asked for a “more accurate bill” because he claims some items point to meetings with his successor, James Cleverley, and his team to make the transfer.
Rishi Sunak’s predecessor, Truss, has resigned as prime minister after less than two months in the post after the government’s tax cut budget hit the national economy. She was already heavily criticized while Secretary of State for her extravagant travel. Over two million euros cost his international missions.
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