Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hague and Clegg to Timeshare Their Grace and Favour Property

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hague and Clegg to Timeshare Their Grace and Favour Property

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Byline: Joe Murphy

WILLIAM HAGUE and Nick Clegg have vowed to be "grown up" about having to share a 115-room grace and favour mansion.

The former political enemies found themselves in the timeshare arrangement after David Cameron decreed they should share Chevening House in Kent -- a renaissance-style mansion set in 3,500 acres.

It was left to the nation in 1967 by the Earl of Stanhope to be used by the Prime Minister, a senior Cabinet minister or a direct descendant of King George VI. By tradition, it is usually allocated to the Foreign Secretary of the day who uses it for entertaining VIP guests, relaxation and away-day meetings.

But in the spirit of the new coalition politics, Foreign Secretary Mr Hague agreed to relinquish part of his claim to the estate so that Mr Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, would not feel left out in the cold. It is expected that civil servants in the two ministers' private offices will check diaries to ensure their arrangements do not clash. A Downing Street source said: "They are very grown up and there won't be any problems. It is quite an informal arrangement and they will work it out between themselves." The Prime Minister is using Chequers, the grand property in the Chilterns where members of the forces provide catering, and Chancellor George Osborne is taking over Dorneywood, a Queen Anne style house in Buckinghamshire.

Both are owned by trusts, like Chevening, and cannot be sold off or used for any other purpose than by ministers. …

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