Indeed, he was relieved of his duties following expenses deemed reckless by the press and the British government itself.
The facts. Tim Loughton, Minister for Children, landed in Mauritius to participate in an international education summit in August. A week later, he landed his position after aroused the indignation of his countrymen. All this for a bill saltier (£ 1,445 or Rs 70,500) paid by the public purse.
It is a "banal picture" appeared in the press that earned him his troubles. It shows the former minister, pants rolled up to his knees, a glass of white wine in hand, his feet relaxing in the clear water of Flic-en-Flac, while in the Green Albion, a polemic examinations of the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) raged.
The photograph was published September 3, 2012 in The Mirror. The next day, without any qualms, Prime Minister David Cameron dismisses. Last week, The Mirror is returned to the charge in this case. Under the title "The Journey of Tim Loughton Mauritius cost £ 1,445 to British taxpayers and his job as minister to the main question."
"1500 books helmeted for the Conservative Tim Loughton can bask in paradise in Mauritius," wrote journalist James Lyons. And ironic about the photograph taken "after a hard day at an international summit. The expenditure relating to his stay at La Pirogue has not been obtained after a thorough investigation of the cottage, but published on the official website of the Department of British education.
Asked by The Mirror, the spokesman of the Taxpayers' Alliance, Matthew Sinclair, warns elected.
Spokesman Matthew Sinclair said: “Politicians should remember that many families can barely afford a holiday this year before they swan off to conferences in exotic locations.
“One trip on its own may not break the bank, but repeated flights across the globe cost taxpayers dearly.
“Details of trips should be published automatically and immediately so taxpayers can judge whether they represent good value for their hard earned cash.”
A Department for Education spokesman defended the trip, saying: “Mr Loughton attended a conference of Commonwealth education ministers for three days at the request of the Foreign Office.
“He flew economy class to keep all costs to a minimum.”