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Liz Truss is facing a £12,000 bill following the disappearance of items including bathrobes and slippers from her grace-and-favour country home.
She has been ordered to reimburse the Cabinet Office after the items went missing when she was using the Chevening estate to prepare to move into No10.
Ms Truss also needs to cough up the money for food and wine she and her aides tucked into as the meetings were political rather than state business, according to sources.
But her spokesman said Ms Truss has requested “an accurate invoice” before she agrees to pay up and he insisted the majority of the bill was for business meetings.
Ms Truss spent time holed up at the 17th Century manor in Kent last August ahead of her short-lived time as Prime Minister.
The then Foreign Secretary had surged ahead of Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership race and had started planning ahead for a win.
Sources told the Mail on Sunday that Ms Truss – who became the shortest PM in history – used Chevening “as a mini No10, holding meetings with her inner circle which often turned into parties in the evening”.
The Cabinet Office has “objected to the idea that the taxpayer should foot the bill for what were basically a series of summer parties”.
A source said: “Liz used Chevening as a mini No 10, holding meetings with her inner circle which often turned into parties in the evening.
“The Cabinet Office was told by staff at the house that items such as towelling robes and even slippers vanished during that period, and have asked her to cover the cost.
“They have also objected to the idea that the taxpayer should foot the bill for what were basically a series of summer parties, and say she owes more than £12,000 for it.”
But her spokesman insisted that she always paid the cost for her personal guests.
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The spokesman said: “The latest invoice contains a mixture of costs for her personally and costs for official Government business with civil servants including [Cabinet Secretary] Simon Case and senior officials from other departments who met at Chevening during the transition preparations.
“The latter constitutes the majority of the bill. It would be inappropriate for her to pay the costs for officials as it would have breached the Civil Service Code for civil servants to accept hospitality during the leadership campaign.
“She has therefore asked for this to be billed separately.”
Chevening, a 115-room house set in 3,500 acres near Sevenoaks in Kent, was left to the nation in 1967 by the 7th Earl Stanhope and since 1981 has usually been placed at the disposal of the Foreign Secretary.
After winning the Tory leadership race in September, Ms Truss lasted just 45 days in office after the tax-cutting mini-Budget presented by her Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, sent the markets into freefall.
The Ministerial Code states that if a Minister hosts party or political events in grace-and-favour residences, then it should be at their own or their party’s expense.
In December, The Guardian reported that traces of a suspected Class-A drug were found at Chevening after the parties – which Ms Truss has said is ”categorically untrue”.
Since leaving Downing Street in October Ms Truss has given speeches – charging up to £65,000 a time – and written articles pushing her tax-cutting agenda.
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