Former Chancellor George Osborne has returned full-time to his duties as MP for Tatton in Cheshire – and now has to make do with a much more modest set-up in Westminster.
Mr Osborne left the grandeur of number 11 Downing Street and the Treasury when he was sacked from his Cabinet role by new Prime Minister Theresa May just over a week ago.
He has now been allocated Boris Johnson’s former office on the fourth floor of Portcullis House, a room described by an insider as “woeful” and “a s**t office”, according to political blog Guido Fawkes.
The office is reportedly situated next door to the photocopying room, down the corridor from Conservative backbencher Anne Main and Health Under Secretary David Mowat.
More than 200 Members of Parliament and their staff work at Portcullis House, a modern building opened in 2001 and situated across the road from the Houses of Parliament.
Some people have expressed their sense of schadenfreude at the news on social media.
“He’ll be alright, I’ve heard he sits in the dark anyway,” tweeted Carl Packman, while Andrew Ewart added: “Spare a thought for person in Room 435; presumably Osborne’s straddled over them”.
However, others have questioned how bad the change of working environment would really be for Mr Osborne.
“I worked in those rooms for around five years. They’re not bad – nicer than two storey ones,” tweeted Nick Hillman, former Special Adviser to David Willetts.
Last week, Ms May told Mr Osborne she had no room for him in her Cabinet in an “extremely short” meeting, and told him to get to know the Party if he wanted to be Prime Minister in the future.
She suggested he take her advice as that of an "elder sister", according to the Times.
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