Alex Aiken, Westminster City Council head of comms, told last weekend's Cash supplement of The Observer that he and wife Nickie (also a PRO - at Bradford & Bingley) have cancelled their holiday after two interest rate rises in four months.
Aiken, formerly head of news for the Tories, was quoted as saying: 'We have a £320,000 mortgage and if predictions of more rises are correct, they'll cost us at least £1,000 this year. So the holiday has gone.'
He added that the costs likely to accompany the arrival of a forthcoming baby would also add up to a 'major headache'.
Aiken says Westminster head of HR Jonathan Evans 'took pity' on him the day after the article's publication, depositing 20p on his desk.
Solidarity is thriving in true-blue Westminster then.