Keir Starmer is facing calls to pay back some of the £236,000 expenses bill he left taxpayers with as the country’s top prosecutor. The cash went on a chauffeur-driven car as well as first and business-class flights around the world.
Sir Keir’s allowances stand in stark contrast to successor Alison Saunders, who had a bill less than a third of the size despite also serving the same five-year term.
A Tory source said: “This is a preview of what Labour would do if they got into power – treating taxpayers with contempt and wasting money.
“They always borrow too much, put up taxes and put people out of work.
“Starmer should repay some of these luxuries from his bespoke tax-unregistered pension.”
Analysis of Crown Prosecution Service documents by the Declassified UK website found Sir Keir took luxury flights to four continents during his tenure.
They included £20,000 on four flights to Washington DC and a £4,914 flight to Hong Kong.
His first flight was to Belfast in July 2009 running up a £443 bill for the business class journey.
Other luxury class flights included trips to Jamaica and Trinidad, Ghana and Sierra Leone, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, and Hong Kong at an average of £3,350.
He ran up a £160,000 for chauffeur-driven car in London despite living four miles from the CPS office.
Despite having on-demand access to the car, he billed the taxpayer a further £330 for 13 taxi rides across London, it was claimed.
The chauffeur perk worked out at £1,920 a week for nearly two years.
But Sir Keir stopped using the car when details emerged in the press in 2010.
A spokesman at the time said his role required him to travel regularly to meetings across London and to the 42 CPS areas and he was “often required to consider classified papers and take sensitive phone calls while travelling”.
First class rail journeys were also among the expense claims made, including a £298 train from London to Wales and a £400 train to Newcastle.
Sir Keir earned £1 million for his five year tenure and accrued £336,000 in pension benefits.
A spokesman for the Labour leader said: “As the country’s most senior prosecutor, Keir Starmer’s work getting criminals off the streets, locking up terrorists, and securing justice for victims involved frequent travel and collaboration overseas, to break up international gangs and plots against this country.”
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