Mrs Osborne and night cuts were forgotten | Mail Online
All the same, some will wonder whether it was wise for Mrs Osborne to accept such hospitality so close to tomorrow’s Budget — especially when Murdoch has just launched his audacious bid to take full control of broadcaster BSkyB.
The mother-of-two and daughter of Tory grandee Lord (David) Howell, Frances is a successful biographer. She is also spirited and fiercely independent.
Had he no Budget to present to Parliament, it is highly likely her husband would have joined her on the specially chartered overnight train from Paris, which arrived at the Italian lakes on Saturday morning.