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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Losing the 200-acre grace-and-favour Buckinghamshire mansion, the Deputy Prime Minister is said to have told Tony Blair, would be the 'l last straw in a marriage already shaken by I his affair with Tracey Temple.
They should be kicked out of their grace-and-favour pad and made to live in the real world like the rest of us.
JOHN Prescott faces fresh calls to quit after being snapped playing croquet at his grace-and-favour estate two hours after Blair left him in charge.
This time it's the revelation that he's spent pounds 400,000 of taxpayers' money on his grace-and-favour country mansion, Dorneywood.
DISGRACED former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey is facing a new probe over his grace-and-favour state benefits.
Here, after all, is a charmless oik who's sat on his podgy hands since the Falklands War, milked every cash-cow dry and been sacked for boorishness from his last grace-and-favour job.
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.