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Monday, 30 November 2015
UK Really? Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond Accepts $3000 Saudi Watch
Criticism is mounting on Britain's foreign secretary Philip Hammond who has accepted a watch worth US$3000 from one of Saudi Arabia's richest men.
The generous present to the Tory minister was given by businessman Sheikh Marei Mubarak Mahfouz bin Mahfouz following an event in Mr Hammond's Runnymede and Weybridge constituency in the summer.
British Ministers are banned from taking presents worth more than US$210, but Mr Hammond claims he accepted the gift in his capacity as a constituency MP.