MPs Blew £250,000 on Some Rather Poor Portraits of Themselves

By Gary Cutlack on at

A bizarre new waste of money by those in power has been uncovered, revealing that members of the government paid £10,000 to commission a portrait of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and similar sums to immortalise the likes of William Hague and Diane Abbott in oil.

According to the Standard, around £250k has been spent on portraits of ministers since 1995, with the number of these vanity portraits increasing after Labour came to power in 1997. In recent years, one of the more expensive artworks has been a £11,750 portrait of former foreign secretary Margaret Beckett. Imagine having that for your toilet door. [Standard]