Tory management race: Liz Truss insists U-turn over regional pay coverage exhibits she is ‘decisive
Liz Truss is embroiled in recent controversy after a leaked electronic mail left her dealing with questions over why she didn’t declare hundreds of kilos spent on schmoozing Tory MPs within the run as much as her bid to succeed Boris Johnson.
Around a dozen Conservative MPs attended a so-called “Fizz with Liz” champagne dinner hosted by the overseas secretary at Mayfair members membership 5 Hertford St final yr.
The occasion was paid for by membership proprietor, multimillionaire aristocrat Robin Birley.
When The Independent requested why Ms Truss has not declared the operate – value an estimated £3,000 – within the Commons register, the place MPs are obliged to reveal hospitality value greater than £300, her spokesperson denied she had organised it.
It had “nothing to do with her,” they mentioned. Ms Truss was merely considered one of various Conservative MP friends invited by “organiser and host” Mr Birley, the spokesperson mentioned.
However, this account is disputed by different MPs current who instructed The Independent that she was the host and never Mr Birley, who “turned up briefly to say hello”.
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Namita Singh4 August 2022 04:16