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Osborne Under Fire Over Dorneywood Guest List

Friday, 29th August 2014 12:24

George Osborne is under pressure after failing to publish details of guests he entertained at his grace-and-favour country home.

The Chancellor has the use of the 18th century Dorneywood in Buckinghamshire as well as his apartment in Downing Street.

He apparently held a party there to celebrate his 40th birthday and the Leveson Inquiry revealed he had invited former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband to stay in 2010.

The Prime Minister, his deputy Nick Clegg and the Foreign Secretary have disclosed lists of whom they have entertained at Chequers and Chevening, but Mr Osborne is yet to do the same.

In response to Freedom of Information requests, the Treasury department has insisted that it does not hold the details as the residence is for "private use".

A spokesman said: "The Prime Minister offered the house to the Chancellor of the Exchequer on his appointment for his private use.

"Accordingly the Treasury does not hold details of who has been entertained there."

David Cameron has previously been forced to reveal dinners and lunches with Tory donors at Chequers and in Downing Street, even when taxpayer money did not fund it.

Dorneywood was gifted to the nation in 1942 for the use of senior ministers. It is owned by the National Trust and is maintained by a charitable trust.

Labour MP John Mann said: "This is not his property. It is the taxpayer who is funding these visits.

"People are entitled to know who is there and what it is costing them. It is begging the question of what have they got to hide?"