Government rules mean Theresa May loses out on wine, shoes and a rug

Jordan Bhatt
Prime Minister Theresa May

As Prime Minister, Theresa May is often greeted with gifts from foreign leaders and dignitaries from all over the world.

However, she hasn't been allowed to keep many of them.

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All gifts are kept on official record, the details of which are released every three months. It has been revealed that of the 14 gifts May was given between October and December 2016, she was allowed to keep none.

According to government rules, ministers are not allowed to keep presents with a value of more than £140, because it could create a conflict of interest.

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All the 14 gifts exceeded this amount, including a fan from James Dyson, a hamper from the Sultan of Brunei, and wine and dates from the President of Algeria.

However, a minister can pay for the gifts with their own money – less £140 – if they want to keep them, which Theresa May did twice, on a £225 gift of clothing from Lady Jubie Wigan and a £244 gift of jewellery from Nadja Swarovski.

All gifts given to the PM between October and December 2016:

Date Gift Given or received Who gift was received from Value (£) Outcome
Oct 16 Shoes Received PETA Above limit Held by department
Oct 16 Handbag Received Gerald and Sue Bodmer Above limit Held by department
Oct 16 Clothing Received Lady Jubie Wigan £225 Purchased by PM
Oct 16 Jewellery Received Nadja Swarovski £244 Held by department/one piece purchased by PM
Nov 16 Rug Received President Pranab Mukerjee Above limit Held by department
Nov 16 Fan Received Mr James Dyson Above limit Held by department
Nov 16 Silver item Received Michael Bloomberg Above limit Held by department
Nov 16 Shoes Received Ultimate Collection Ltd Above limit Held by department
Nov 16 Vanity case Received Vice Premier of the State Council, The People's Republic of China Above limit Held by department
Dec 16 Shoes Received Casadei Boutique London Team Above limit Held by department
Dec 16 Pen, Silver item, Perfume set, Desk set, Silver box Received King of Bahrain Above limit Held by department
Dec 16 Hamper Received Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Above limit Held by department
Dec 16 Hamper Received Sultan of Brunei Above limit Held by department
Dec 16 Wine and dates Received President of Algeria Above limit Held by department

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