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24 June 2010

Nick Soames claimed £200 taxpayers’ cash on buying in “speech-writing” services

What would his grandfather have thought?

By James Macintyre

Another tiny nugget: Nicholas Soames paid £200 to an “N.P. WATTS” (which sounds like it’s from one of those ads at the back of Private Eye) for “speech-writing services” (presumably one speech).

He lists this as a “staffing” cost, though the payee is “non-payroll” — in other words, from outside his parliamentary staff.

What reaction would his actions have prompted from his grandfather, the late, great Winston Churchill, probably the best British speech-giver of all time?

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