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Nurse’s will makes front-page news

19th August 2013

According to various reports, the wills solicitors – appointed as executors to the estate of Joan Edwards, who died in 2012 aged 90 – were unsure how to determine the exact distribution of the will.

The wording of the will read that any residuary estate should be issued to “whichever Government is in office at the date of my death for the Government in their absolute discretion to use as they may think fit”.

Initially, the two parties in power split the bequest on the basis of their relevant number of ministers and MPs, but there was general consternation that the sums would be treated as donations, which may have meant that the money could go towards campaigning costs.

The row soon escalated as many interested parties, including Miss Edwards’ friends and neighbours said that the money would be better used to do “something good” and should, perhaps, go to the NHS.

By Thursday 15 August, reports stated that the Government had given the money to the Treasury and the BBC quoted David Cameron as saying it would “pay down the national debt” which would “meet the spirit” of the bequest.

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