PM ‘broke law’ if he failed to declare flat donation within one month
Boris Johnson reportedly told aides the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat was costing “tens of thousands” of pounds and that he could not afford it.
Pressure has been building on the prime minister to answer how the renovations were paid for following revelations from his former adviser Dominic Cummings.
Mr Johnson told colleagues the bill for the flat was escalating out of control, while his chief of staff Dan Rosenfield felt the refurbishment was a “crazy arrangement”, The Daily Mail reported.
Johnson told aides he ‘could not afford’ flat renovation
Boris Johnson reportedly told aides he could not afford the revamp of his Downing Street flat as the costs started to spiral.
Scrutiny on the Prime Minister over the refurbishment of his No 11 flat has refused to abate despite Downing Street’s efforts to draw a line under the issue.
The Daily Mail alleged Mr Johnson told colleagues the bill was escalating out of control, while his chief of staff Dan Rosenfield felt the refurbishment was a “crazy arrangement” and a “mess”.
The newspaper said when aides asked the Prime Minister how much the upgrades were costing, Mr Johnson replied: “Tens and tens of thousands – I can’t afford it.”
The Conservative Party leader has faced a flurry of questions regarding how the revamp was paid for following a fallout with former aide Dominic Cummings.
When pressed by reporters on Tuesday, No 10 declined to deny suggestions that the Prime Minister received a loan from the Conservative Party to cover the initial costs, before repaying the party.
Joe Middleton28 April 2021 08:02
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