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Expenses row at CUP
01.01.70 | Philip Jones
Directors at Cambridge University Press spent nearly £330,000 on travel and entertaining in the year CUP laid off 50 staff. CUP chief executive Stephen Bourne and six other directors are reported by the Cambridge News to have spent £294,439 on travel and £33,911 on entertaining according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act. The travel bills cover a total of 209 flights, with Bourne taking 52 flights at a cost of £113,362.
Nigel Gawthrope, the Unite father of chapel for CUP's printing division where the redundancies were focused, said the amounts were "outrageous", adding: "If the people laid off find out they will be disgusted."
However Peter Davison, director of corporate affairs at CUP, said the job losses were the result of changes in the printing industry and were a "separate issue" to directors' travel for the publishing business. Davison added: "Even though it [CUP] happens to be headquartered and have half of its staff in the UK, five-sixths of the business is outside. We all have to travel."