John Bercow has spent thousands of pounds of public money wining and dining foreign dignitaries and fellow MPs – including around £2,000 on a leaving dinner for his deputy.

The public paid the bill for hundreds of postcard-sized photographs of the Speaker that are “sent out on request”, nearly £2,000 worth of hand-finished beeswax candles, and hundreds of pounds to tune the grand piano in his apartments.

Reported by The Independent. You can read the full story here. 

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