Labour wielded Dominic Cummings explosive blogpost to demand an investigation into Boris Johnson’s refurbishment of his Downing Street flat.
No 10’s former chief adviser claimed to have advised the Prime Minister that using Tory contributions to foot the costs of the renovation was probably illegal.
Sir Keir Starmer said to publish the details, have a thorough inquiry, and if there’s nothing to see, have a full inquiry, and that every day there’s more evidence of the sleaze and that frankly, it stank.
Shadow cabinet minister Rachel Reeves wrote to Boris Johnson with fourteen questions Labour wanted answering, including why he didn’t pay for the renovations himself from the outset.
A statement from the Cabinet Office unveiled Boris Johnson has repaid the £58,000 donated by Tory peer Lord Brownlow of Shurlock Row.
It came before Dominic Cummings launched a devastating attack on his former boss that poured petrol on to the row over the No 11 flat decor scandal, and Dominic Cummings said that the Prime Minister quit talking to him about the matter in 2020 as he told him he believed his plans to have contributors surreptitiously finance the renovation were dishonest, absurd, probably illegal and almost certainly violated the rules on proper disclosure of political donations if conducted in the way he intended.
Downing Street said that the Government and ministers had acted under the proper codes of conduct and electoral law throughout, but Ms Reeves accused the Prime Minister of disregarding repeated questions on basic transparency.
The shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster added that during the last year the Government has been repeatedly evasive about who’s been paying for the refurbishment of the flat.
This month leaked emails revealed that Lord Brownlow had gifted the Tory party £58,000 that was earmarked for the renovation of the No 11 flat Boris Johnson shares with his fiancée Carrie Symonds and their son Wilfred.
Lord Brownlow wrote to the party’s head of fundraising, Mike Chattey that £58,000 to cover the payments the party has now made on behalf of the soon to be formed Downing Street Trust, of which he has been made chairman.
No such trust has yet been created and the Electoral Commission is in discussions with the party about the contributions.
A commission spokeswoman said that talks with the Conservative Party continue as they strive to ascertain whether any sums relating to the works at 11 Downing Street fall within the regime regulated by the commission and hence need to be reported and subsequently published and that the party was working with them on this.
So, rather than getting the taxpayer to foot the bill, Boris Johnson has got some rich people to finance it, which seems okay to me, but then politicians are a bit of a joke, they get all their expenses paid, right down to a Kit-Kat, and let’s hope his tower doesn’t come tumbling down.
And all this excitement over a bit of wallpaper and some cushions, which is all a little lame from Labour and I think they’ll find that nobody’s interested in this, and Sir Keir Starmer is going to have to work a tad harder at convincing everyone.
All the billions spent on COVID nonsense, all the billions given to Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP, which has vanished without a trace, and all that Labour can worry about is the redecoration of the Prime Minister’s flat, and when will Labour come up with some policies rather than asking for a money-wasting investigation?