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David Cameron under fire for hiring £42m luxury jet for central Asia tour | David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron has been criticized for hiring a luxury jet worth an estimated £42 million for his recent tour of Central Asia.

The foreign minister last week traveled to Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia for five days on the Embraer Lineage 1000, the Mirror reported.

Union Aviation, the charter company operating the jet, said on its website that a sommelier was assisting with the selection of on-board wines and a food menu suitable for “the most demanding passengers.”

Other amenities on this plane include a separate relaxation zone with extra-long sofas, in addition to a dedicated dining table.

Shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry posted on X: “We understand that if Prime Minister David Cameron travels to multiple countries in a week, he may need to charter a plane, but that would cost hundreds of thousands of pounds in jobs at taxpayers’ expense. It’s one of the most luxurious private jets on the market. ”

We understand that Prime Minister David Cameron might need to charter a plane if he travels to multiple countries in a week, but that doesn’t mean he’ll have to spend more money on taxpayers to hire the most luxurious private jet on the market. Spending hundreds of thousands of pounds in costs is not justified. https://t.co/2Snbwhed8w pic.twitter.com/xexZZnjvEe

— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) April 28, 2024

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We understand that Prime Minister David Cameron might need to charter a plane if he travels to multiple countries in a week, but that doesn’t mean he’ll have to spend more money on taxpayers to hire the most luxurious private jet on the market. Spending hundreds of thousands of pounds in costs is not justified. https://t.co/2Snbwhed8w pic.twitter.com/xexZZnjvEe

— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) April 28, 2024

Ahead of Cameron’s tour, the Government announced that the Foreign Secretary will use the visit to boost opportunities for British businesses and announce new £50m of funding to support national sovereignty and independence across the region. did.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Department spokesperson said: “The Foreign Secretary’s job requires him to travel abroad to pursue the UK’s interests.” In this case, this was the most time efficient method. Value for money is considered in all travel decisions and costs are published regularly to ensure transparency. ”

Last year, Cameron’s predecessor, James Cleverley, was criticized for using the same type of plane on an eight-day tour of the Caribbean and Latin America, which cost him around €400,000 (about £348,000). It was done.

Rishi Sunak has also been criticized for his preference for short-haul air travel within the UK.

Downing Street said the prime minister flew from Dorset to London by helicopter in February 2023 and returned to south-west England by jet the next morning.

Last month, Sunak took three domestic flights in a 10-day period on a Royal Air Force jet. He took a 40-minute flight in a 14-seat aircraft to the event in Blackpool, Lancashire, where he fielded questions from the public. He arrived after a flight to Scotland and Leeds.

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