Commons Speaker John Bercow spent thousands entertaining foreign dignitaries and fellow MPs - The Independent

Dia Chakravarty, the political director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “No one will begrudge footing the bill for the official functions which the Commons Speaker would reasonably be expected to host, but these costs must be kept under constant review and savings found where possible.

“The fact that records prior to 2012 have already been destroyed – coupled with the need to use freedom of information laws to get this data in the first place – will not instil confidence in the public that the Speaker’s office is run with a culture of transparency and openness.”

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Commons Speaker John Bercow spent thousands entertaining foreign dignitaries and fellow MPs - The Independent
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