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Brentwood MP Eric Pickles says he's no jammy dodger in biscuit budget gaffe

PUBLISHED: 11:36 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 11:36 28 November 2013

Secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles, says biscuit gaffe was fault of civil servant.

Secretary of state for communities and local government, Eric Pickles, says biscuit gaffe was fault of civil servant.

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Brentwood and Ongar MP Eric Pickles says the £10,000 rise in his waist-busting biscuit bill was an admin error.

The Communities and Local Government secretary’s budget for bourbons, digestives and custard creams soared from £30,000 to £40,000 in just a year.

However, Mr Pickles says he’s not being a jammy dodger, and that the dramatic rise was the result of “one of [his] fine civil servants putting the wrong thing in the wrong column”.

Speaking to LBC’s Iain Dale last week, he said: “This is a figure for hospitality, if people come from a long distance we will give them a cup of tea and things.

“We really pushed back and then suddenly the digestives and Kit Kats started to peer back in.

“I even bring in my own tea bags. I won’t accept anything from the public purse.”

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