The high cost of keeping our politicians on the road
Labour denies that Ed Miliband could have spent £757,000 on travel a year, but taxpayers are still footing the bill for an awful lot of ministerial car journeys
Short of buying your own private jet, it’s quite hard to think how you would spend £757,000 on travel a year. And yet, the Daily Mail claimed today, Ed Miliband has somehow managed it. The Mail’s figures work out at £63,000 a month. You may surmise that the Labour leader’s car runs on crushed diamonds.
If the numbers seem crazy, Labour says, that’s because they are. Miliband’s spokesperson flatly denies those sums, calling them “totally wrong”, and saying he didn’t know where the figures had come from; the Mail’s article doesn’t give a source. Labour declines to give an alternative figure, but whatever the true cost, it seems likely that it will be inflated by security expenses and the inevitable entourage that accompanies a senior politician’s every movement.
Source: Guardian Transport
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