Cook wants to be alone

September 12, 2003

Former foreign secretary Robin Cook has complained to Edinburgh city council about the prospect of flats being occupied by students. Mr Cook, who has a flat in one of the city's most affluent areas, is opposing a "house of multiple occupation" on the grounds of the "youthful tenants'" likely hours and noise level. He is quoted as saying: "I remain very prominent in public life and it is important for me that my home base is a place of privacy where I am secure from any form of confrontation."

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