Michelle Mone, the millionaire businesswoman and Tory peer, has defended herself after being accused of boasting about using a free government car.
The Ultimo underwear founder was made a Conservative member of the House of Lords by David Cameron last month. She has been charged with advising the government on start-up businesses.
Yesterday she tweeted a photograph of the inside of a government chauffeur-driven Jaguar. "The things you do…in government car drying my travel top…love it so much".
She has since deleted the tweet. Following a backlash online, Mone asked: "How is this fair when all I'm trying to do is help other people achieve their dreams?" Mone is working for the department for work and pensions for free.
How is this fair when all I'm trying to do is help other people achieve their dreams? I will continue to work hard & carry on with my work— Michelle Mone OBE (@MichelleMone) September 24, 2015
I'm working so hard&giving over 50 FREE days for this review to give back.I got a lift in a car for 15 mins,dropped at the train station...— Michelle Mone OBE (@MichelleMone) September 24, 2015
A Labour source told The Daily Mail: "This is typical out-of-touch Tory extravagance which will drive the taxpayer mad."
A government spokesman told The Daily Telegraph: "The Department introduced a Ministerial Pool Car arrangement in 2012 to reduce the overall running costs of Ministerial travel." The spokesman added. "The car was not required by a Minister this morning and offered to Michelle Mone."