Dominic Raab and Liz Truss have been asked by Boris Johnson to share access to the 15-bedroom Chevening House after a tussle between cabinet colleagues.
This comes after the prime minister dismissed the wrangling between the foreign secretary and the deputy prime minister over 17th-century Kent Manor, saying the “frippery” would not distract him from his policy priorities.
The controversy came to the fore when Mr Raab – demoted in a reshuffle last month – argued that his new post of deputy prime minister empowered him to hold onto it.
To demonstrate her claim to the property, however, Ms Truss invited her counterparts from Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia to the Chevening House this week and posted pictures of herself walking around the manor on social media.
On Monday, the prime minister’s official spokesman declined to say whether Mr Johnson, who should nominate someone to occupy the residence, had ruled on the issue.
However, according to many times, The prime minister, who is currently on vacation in the Costa del Sol, has settled the matter by asking the deputy prime minister and foreign secretary to share the assets.
A government spokesperson confirmed the decision, saying Granthshala: “Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary will share access to Chevening as has happened in previous administrations”.
Asked who gets access to the House only three weeks ago – or whether the two ministers will be asked to share – Mr Johnson replied: “The people’s government is not bothered by such fripperies and foibles.
“We will address such questions in due course,” he said. “But as I say, we’re focusing on people’s priorities.”
Labor deputy leader Angela Renner highlighted the conflict as she stepped in on the prime minister’s questions to Sir Keir Starmer last month – referring to the issue as “the government’s choices that are making the lives of working families difficult”. is opposite.
“Families across the country are concerned about heating their homes while that’s [Mr Raab] He complained about sharing his 115-room taxpayer-funded mansion with the foreign secretary,” he added.
Chevening, which was passed to a trust in 1959 to serve as the country residence for a royal or cabinet minister nominated by the prime minister, has almost always been occupied by the foreign secretary.
Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister during the Coalition government, shared residence with the then Foreign Secretary William Hague between 2010 and 2015.
While serving as foreign secretary under Theresa May’s administration, Boris Johnson was asked to share assets with the international trade secretary, Liam Fox, and the Brexit secretary, David Davies, on the grounds that each would be allowed to accept foreign visitors. May have to host and entertain and leaders.
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