Scotland is Commonwealth Secretary General

Scotland is Commonwealth Secretary General

Theresa May has called for Baroness Scotland, the Commonwealth secretary general, to answer allegations that she spent large sums to refurbish a grace and favour home, saying the Labour peer would be judged on how she reformed her institution.

Speaking to reporters on a visit to India, the prime minister was asked about several days of reports connected to Scotland, who served as attorney general under Gordon Brown.

The reports, based on documents allegedly leaked from the Commonwealth Secretariat, claim Scotland sought expensive renovations to the Mayfair flat, including more than £10,000 on wallpaper. Scotland denies any “extravagant” expenditure.

Another report asked why Scotland’s contract seemingly had a clause allowing the payment of education fees, when her children are grown up.

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