Liz Truss clashes with 'ridiculous' Dominic Raab over use of 115-room ...

Liz Truss clashes with 'ridiculous' Dominic Raab over use of 115-room ...
Liz Truss clashes with 'ridiculous' Dominic Raab over use of 115-room ...

Dominic Raab was branded 'ridiculous' today in a squabble over attempts to cling on to use of a Kent mansion despite being axed as Foreign Secretary.

The 115-room Chevening House is traditionally the grace-and-favour country residence of the UK's top diplomat.

Liz Truss replaced Mr Raab in last week's Cabinet reshuffle after he was roundly criticised for going on holiday during the fall of Afghanistan.

However Raab, who became Justice Secretary, is said to attempting to keep hold of the plush pad because he has also been given the role of Deputy Prime Minister.

He is said to believe that should give him the right to use the house for official visits but Ms Truss believes the property should be hers to use.

It prompted an ally of the new Foreign Secretary to lash out at her predecessor, telling the Times: 'Liz thinks Dom's claim is completely spurious, that he's being ridiculous.

'Chevening is for the use of the foreign secretary.' 

A second source added: 'Chevening isn't a priority for her ... We've got an incredibly busy week of meetings in the States and she is focused on getting on with the job.'

The 115-room Chevening House is traditionally the grace-and-favour country residence of the UK's top diplomat.

The 115-room Chevening House is traditionally the grace-and-favour country residence of the UK's top diplomat.

Liz Truss replaced Mr Raab in last week's Cabinet reshuffle after he was roundly criticised for going on holiday during the fall of Afghanistan.

Liz Truss replaced Mr Raab in last week's Cabinet reshuffle after he was roundly criticised for going on holiday during the fall of Afghanistan.

However Raab, who became Justice Secretary, is said to attempting to keep hold of the plush pad because he has also been given the role of Deputy Prime Minister.

However Raab, who became Justice Secretary, is said to attempting to keep hold of the plush pad because he has also been given the role of Deputy Prime Minister.

A final decision on the use of the property will ultimately be made by Mr Johnson.  

In an awkward first meeting of Mr Johnson's new-look Cabinet last week, Ms Truss and Mr Raab had to sit next to each other. 

And he endured a tough Prime Minister's Questions on the subject yesterday, when he stood in for Mr Johnson, who was in the United States.

His Labour counterpart Angela Rayner delivered a series of vicious attacks, including that he was busy squabbling with his colleague.

She said: 'Families across the country are worried about heating their homes while

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