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    British Prime Minister David Cameron attends a ceremony with dignitaries and leaders from around the world offering their condolences to new King Salman on January 24, 2015 at the Diwan royal palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a day after the death of King Abdullah.

    UK PM Cameron Frittered Away £100,000 for Saudi King Funeral

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    Some people say spending large sums for luxurious trips is ok for politicians. Others argue that officials have to be modest. But £100,000 for a trip is a way too much… Even for a head of the British government.

    A fresh release by the Cabinet Office shows what a pretty penny cost the UK’s taxpayers overseas trips of the Prime Minister David Cameron in the period from July 2014 to March 2015.

    For example, a trip to Brussels to attend European Council meetings cost £500 on average. Trips as far as to other continents, like to US or Australia, were charged a bit over £10,000.

    But look at the figures, which go under description “To pay condolences following death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz”. The Prime Minister used a charter airline and his 1-day stay is valued at £101,792.

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    The enormous sum spent for a mourning attracted attention of British rights groups trip immediately after the publication. They expressed anger as Saudi Arabia is repeatedly listed among worst rights-abusing countries on the globe.

    “This charter flight was for a group involving the prime minister, Downing Street officials, the royal household and protection officers,” commented a Cameron spokesperson without going further into details.


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