Truss throws down the gauntlet to Raab over Chevening row, igniting a Tory civil war.
LIZ TRUSS has used the country property normally used by the Foreign Secretary for the first time, igniting a Tory internal war sparked by a feud with Dominic Raab over who gets it.
Ms Truss shared a photo of herself meeting with her Baltic counterparts in Chevening in Kent on Monday. According to the Telegraph, Mr Raab – who was demoted from his position in Boris Johnson’s recent reshuffle – reportedly wanted to keep the property.
Despite the fact that Chevening House is not the formal residence of the great office of state, as Chequers is for the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary has traditionally used it as a rural getaway.
It is there to be utilized as a person nominated by the Prime Minister – as long as they are a cabinet minister or a descendant of King George VI – under the Chevening Estate Act of 1959.
Mr. Raab was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary in September.
On Monday, however, it was disclosed that he had not been invited to lead the government in Mr Johnson’s absence while the PM is on vacation.
The photograph, according to a source, was not an overt attempt to show Mr Raab that he no longer had a claim to the home, but rather “business as usual.”
“There’s nothing purposeful about it,” a government source claimed, adding that Ms Truss “inherited” the incident when she took over the position.
“This encounter was always planned to take place at Chevening,” says the narrator.
When Ms Truss initially became Foreign Secretary, a government source told the New York Times that she thought his claim to the country home was “totally bogus” and “ludicrous.”
“Chevening is for the Foreign Secretary’s use.”
According to a source close to Truss, the Chevening feud was not a priority for her when she first took over, as she was immediately flew out to the United States for a “extremely busy” week of meetings.
She went on to say, “She’s focused on getting the job done.”
“The people’s Government does not bother with fripperies and foibles of this kind,” Mr Johnson said at the time.
“We will handle these types of questions in due course.”
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