grace-and-favour


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grace-and-favour

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (modifier) Brit (of a house, flat, etc) owned by the sovereign and granted free of rent to a person to whom the sovereign wishes to express gratitude
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Summary: Nick Clegg has been found a grace-and-favour mansion by David Cameron - but must share it with William Hague.
The Glasgow MP has been renting out his London flat while living in a luxurious grace-and-favour apartment and pocketing expenses on a home in his constituency.
London, Apr 7 (ANI): British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has claimed over 17,000 pounds in second-home expenses under the MPs expenses system despite moving into a grace-and-favour apartment in Downing Street after becoming Prime Minister.
Reports suggested Mrs Beckett had been living in official grace-and-favour homes while renting out a London flat and claiming parliamentary allowances on another house.
London's Evening Standard newspaper reported Mrs Beckett had been living in official grace-and-favour homes while renting out a London flat and claiming parliamentary allowances on another house.
Ms Smith's expenses included a claim for adult films watched by her husband, while Mr Darling and Mr Hoon have each lived in official grace-and-favour homes while renting out a London flat and claiming parliamentary allowances on a third house.
Usually only senior Government ministers can use one of the three grace-and-favour apartments in Admiralty House, near Trafalgar Square.
A senior Labour backbencher said today he was "very glad" Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott had decided to give up his grace-and-favour Dorneywood country estate.
JOHN PRESCOTT (above) is back in London today after announcing he will give up his grace-and-favour Dorneywood country estate.
Which politician mistakenly failed to pay his Council Tax on his grace-and-favour home?
For the last three years he has travelled the globe, staying in top hotels - that's when he's not in his grace-and-favour Manhattan apartment.
Gordon Brown confirmed the appointment in a low-key announcement as he indicated that Mr Prescott was still looking for new accommodation to move out of his grace-and-favour home.