James Brokenshire: It’s double trouble for minister and his ovens

Not since Ed Miliband and his two kitchens or John Prescott and his two Jaguars has a politician’s excess come under such scrutiny.

James Brokenshire, the communities secretary, has already been ridiculed for his cooker quota. Now he is getting a grilling over his arithmetic.

The man tasked with solving the housing shortage has responded to criticsm of a weekend interview in which he and his wife posed at their southeast London home in front of four ovens.

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