Hard at work in… Mexico: Ed Miliband’s flood supremo basks in 29C on sun-kissed jolly as Britons count the cost of the deluge
- Shadow Floods Minister Barry Gardiner flew out to Mexico last week
- Red Ed’s ‘special envoy on climate change’ basked in the sun as thousands of British families faced the impact of the devastating floods
- MP was guest of multi-millionaire pharmaceuticals boss, Labour supporter and friend of Mr Miliband, Bharat Shah
- Mr Gardiner and his wife Caroline enjoyed a stay at the Cancun’s luxury Moon Palace Resort – and the bill came to £3,650
PUBLISHED: 22:10, 22 February 2014 | UPDATED: 23:39, 22 February 2014
The senior MP in charge of Labour’s response to the floods crisis spent last week on an all-expenses-paid junket to a luxury resort in sun-kissed Mexico.
As Britain struggled to recover from the devastating deluge, Shadow Floods Minister Barry Gardiner – who is also Ed Miliband’s ‘special envoy on climate change’ – jetted off to Cancun with his wife.
The £3,650 jolly was paid for by pharmaceuticals tycoon Bharat Shah, a multi-millionaire Labour supporter and friend of Mr Miliband.
The Shadow Floods Minister Barry Gardiner spent last week on an all-expenses paid jaunt to a luxury resort in Mexico as Britain struggled to recover from the devastating deluge
The Brent North MP spent time reading his Kindle by one of the Moon Palace Resort’s several pools, before taking a dip to cool down in the 29C heat
Ed Miliband’s ‘special envoy on climate change’ flew out to Cancun with his wife Caroline, to stay at the luxury resort described as the ‘most magnificent in Mexico’ after speaking at conference for chemists
Former Minister Mr Gardiner’s decision to go ahead with the free trip is all the more remarkable after Mr Miliband cancelled his own scheduled political trip to India, because of the floods in Britain.
Mr Gardiner is a contender for Parliament’s King Of The Junkets.
A Mail on Sunday investigation has established that since he was elected in 1997, the MP has spent an astonishing 157 days on all-expenses-paid foreign trips to exotic places in six continents, at a cost of well over £100,000.
It is the equivalent of spending an entire Parliamentary year abroad.
Much of his globetrotting has been paid for by the climate change lobby group, Globe International, which is part-funded by British taxpayers.
Most of the trips enjoyed by Mr Gardiner, who was a Minister in Tony Blair’s Government, have come in the four years since Labour lost power.
Since 2010, when MPs were forced to declare the costs of such jaunts – officially called fact-finding trips – he has racked up 103 days overseas at a cost of £74,125. In 2011 alone, he spent 35 days abroad on free trips.