Play nicely, ministers: Dominic Raab and Liz Truss are told to SHARE grace-and-favour residence Chevening after bust-up when new foreign secretary and Deputy PM both put in a claim to use it
- PM reportedly resolved the tussle by giving Kent estate to both Truss and Raab
- It follows Ms Truss welcoming counterparts for talks at the residence on Monday
- The 115-room Chevening House is traditionally used by the Foreign Secretary
- Claims emerged Raab wanted to cling to grace-and-favour estate after reshuffle
Dominic Raab and Liz Truss have been told to share Chevening after they both put in a claim to use the grace-and-favour mansion.
It is understood that Boris Johnson resolved the tussle by giving the Kent estate to the new foreign secretary and deputy PM, reports The Times.
A source close to Ms Truss told the newspaper: ‘Dom and Liz are good friends and will make it work.’
It follows Ms Truss welcoming counterparts from Baltic states for talks at the opulent residence on Monday, posting tweets highlighting the location.
The property had become a point of tension amid claims Mr Raab was trying to cling on to it despite being shifted to Justice Secretary in the reshuffle.
Downing Street previously refused to be drawn on whether Mr Raab was being denied use of the estate, saying the arrangements will be set out ‘in due course’.
No10 had also insisted that Mr Raab – made deputy PM in the Cabinet overhaul as a consolation – is not in charge of the government while Boris Johnson is on holiday.
Edgars Rinkvis (left), Gabrielius Landsbergis (centre) and Eva-Maria Liimets (right) – foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia respectively – were all at Chevening on Monday
Ms Truss tweeted pictures of her gathering at Chevening. A source close to Ms Truss said: ‘Dom and Liz are good friends and will make it work’
Ms Truss welcomes Mr Landsbergis for talks at Chevening on Monday
The property had become a point of tension amid claims Mr Raab (pictured at Tory conference) was trying to cling on to it despite being shifted to Justice Secretary in the reshuffle
The premier’s spokesman earlier stressed he remains at the helm even though he is at a luxury resort with wife Carrie and their son Wilf in Spain.
Edgars Rinkvis, Gabrielius Landsbergis and Eva-Maria Liimets – foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia respectively – were all at Chevening earlier this week.
Ms Truss replaced Mr Raab in last month’s Cabinet reshuffle after he was roundly criticised for being on holiday while Afghanistan tumbled to the Taliban.
The 115-room Chevening House is traditionally used by the Foreign Secretary.
However Mr Raab was said to believe that he should keep rights over the house for official visits.
Lib Dem ex-leader Nick Clegg had used of the property as deputy PM during the coalition years.
The wrangling prompted briefing from allies of Ms Truss that her predecessor was being ‘ridiculous’.
One senior source told MailOnline on Monday that Ms Truss’s meeting was ‘always supposed to be at Chevening’ and using the property was ‘business as usual’.
‘We’re focused on getting on with the job rather than debates about houses,’ the source said.
‘Liz inherited this meeting when she became foreign sec – it was always supposed to be at Chevening, so it’s very much business as usual.’
No10 has insisted Mr Raab – made deputy PM in the Cabinet overhaul as a consolation – is not in charge of the government while Boris Johnson is on holiday with wife Carrie (pictured together last week)
Ms Truss and Mr Raab sat next to each other for the PM’s speech to Tory conference last week