The report found that the average cost of flights used by English, Scottish and Welsh councils was £29,152 over this period. The worst offender was Labour-controlled Manchester City Council with a staggering total outlay of £199,977. Other big spenders included Cardiff (£173,975), Liverpool (£100,643), Coventry (£82,152), Newcastle-on-Tyne (£89,938) and Sunderland (£128,080) - all Labour. A spokesperson for Cardiff City Council said three quarters of their total comprised of school trips, but what about the £15,762 worth of premium class flights?
Liverpool City Council flew out almost 300 times, including visits to Iraq, Afghanistan, Somaliland and Liberia. Why? The data is not clear and authorities have not been quick to offer much transparency.
"We make no apologies for going out and promoting the city around the world"
Liverpool City Council spokesman
In Kabul and Basra?