George Osborne has come under fire for refusing to share information about party guests attending his grace-and-favour country home.
The Treasury department has refused to provide any information, claiming the Buckinghamshire residence is for “private use”.
A spokesman said: “The Prime Minister offered the house to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his appointment for his private use.
“Accordingly the Treasury does not hold details of who has been entertained there.”
However Labour MP John Mann said:
“This is outrageous. The taxpayer is funding these visits.
“People are entitled to know who is there and what it is costing them. It is begging the question of what have they got to hide?”
What is known is that former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband attended the home in 2010.
Osborne is no stranger to criticism for the way he handles taxpayer funded luxuries. In 2009 he came under the spotlight for the way he ‘flipped’ his second home, in an effort to pay less capital gains tax – oweing and estimated £55,000 to the public purse.
He also claimed £47 for two copies of a DVD of his own speech, ironically, on “value for taxpayers’ money”.
Only in Britain, or perhaps the USA, could a politician with a history of scamming the public become the Chancellor of the Exchequer.