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UK MoD Chief Runs up £23,000 Hotel Bill and You Pay! Outrage at Expenses When Department Faces Huge Cutbacks

Thursday 13 December 2012

‘The highest paid civil servant in the Ministry of Defence charged the taxpayer £23,000 for luxury hotel stays in his first ten months in the job.

Bernard Gray, the man in charge of the department’s equipment programme, is paid £220,000 a year – far in excess of the £142,500 earned by the Prime Minister. Yet he racked up an astonishing £23,000 expenses bill for 106 overnight stays in London and Bristol – at a time when his department is facing huge budget cuts.

The spending on hotels is even more remarkable because Mr Gray’s home is just a 60-mile drive from his offices in Whitehall and the Defence Equipment and Support organisation at Abbey Wood in Bristol.’

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