Davis defends her expenses

Birmingham City Council comms director Deborah ­Davis has defended her act­ions after a local ­paper accused her of using a taxpayer-funded credit card to spend £15,000 on foreign trips and entertaining in a year.

The Sunday Mercury used Freedom of Information req­uests to uncover expense claims filed by Davis, which included a £1,000 visit to a luxury hotel and top restaurant in her ­native Canada.

Davis insisted: ‘All my council-related expenses are modest – extraordinarily so for the director of comms of the largest authority in Eur­ope. Any personal expenses incurred were reconciled and reimbursed in full on my return.’

Council chief executive Stephen Hughes also defended Davis, saying: ‘Part of her role is to network and make connections with people at home and abroad.’

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