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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Ramsay MacDonald's Expenses

Ramsay MacDonald became Labour's first prime minister on 22nd January, 1924. He received a salary as prime minister of £5,000 a year. He received no entertainment allowance and had to pay out of own pocket for such items of household equipment as linen and china. To save coal, the family ate their meals not in their private quarters but in the official banqueting-rooms which were centrally heated at the Government's expense.

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