“There’s no money left” letter

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Dear Treasury,

The press reports today that the last Chief Secretary of the Treasury, Liam Byrne, left a letter for the current Chief Secretary, saying “Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there's no money left”. Could you please provide a full copy (preferably a scanned image, or less preferably the full text) of this letter? Thank you very much.


Dr Kaihsu Tai

Enquiries, CEU, Her Majesty’s Treasury

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The full text of the letter:

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6 April 2010

Dear Chief Secretary

I’m afraid there is no money.

Kind regards – and good luck!


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