Oh dear. It would appear that Omar‘s boss has been ticked off again.
Last autumn, Emily Thornberry sent out what emerges came to 10,400 unsolicited letters to constituents using Commons stationary. Following a flurry of complaints, the Parliamentary Standards Officer Sir Philip Mawer has written to confirm that the cost of this stationary will now have to be paid back:
â€œIt is clear to me that Ms Thornberry should not have used pre-paid envelopes at all for this exercise (since her letter was unsolicited) but should have covered the cost of the stationery and envelopes and the postage required directly, either from her Communications Allowance or out of her own pocket.â€
â€œShe has indicated that she will reimburse the cost of the pre-paid envelopes she used and I have asked her to do this.â€
This whole adventure is estimated to have cost her around Â£4,250.