'Crisis-torn Saudi Arabia has been lavishing hundreds of thousands of pounds on British MPs, the Mail can reveal.
The kingdom – under fire over the suspected state-sponsored murder of a journalist – has been pouring cash into a charm offensive.
In just two years it has tripled the amount of money spent on MPs to pay for luxury hotels, business-class flights and magnificent feasts.
Campaigners say 38 MPs who got freebies over the past five years are ‘accessories’ to a cynical bid to brush up the oil-rich Gulf nation’s tarnished image.
Saudi Arabia’s slick PR offensive comes as it battles international condemnation over the suspected murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Screaming Mr Khashoggi, 59, is said to have been recorded in his country’s consulate in Istanbul apparently being chopped up while alive – as the chief Saudi government hitman listened to music on earphones.
Saudi Arabia is also under intense scrutiny for staging bombing raids across Yemen that have killed thousands of civilians.
In 2016, British parliamentarians accepted £35,062 of junkets, gifts and other benefits from the authoritarian regime. But this year the figure is more than three times higher at £106,418 – and it is only October. The total since 2015 has been put at £208,000.'
Read more: MPs on the Saudi gravy train revealed: Brutal regime blamed for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death TRIPLES its hospitality and gifts lavished on British politicians to 'buy influence and power in Westminster’
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