Boris Johnson could face a SECOND probe over bill for makeover of Downing Street flat


Boris Johnson could face a SECOND probe over bill for makeover of Downing Street flat as Cabinet Secretary is urged to investigate

  • Labour asks Cabinet Secretary to probe if Boris Johnson broke ministerial code
  • The Conservative Party paid £60,000 for the refurbishment of Mr Johnson’s flat 
  • The Tory donor Lord Brownlow secretly reimbursed the party six months ago 

The Cabinet Secretary has been urged to investigate whether Boris Johnson broke the ministerial code to pay for his lavish Downing Street flat refurbishment

The Cabinet Secretary has been urged to investigate whether Boris Johnson broke the ministerial code to pay for his lavish Downing Street flat refurbishment

The Cabinet Secretary has been urged to investigate whether Boris Johnson broke the ministerial code to pay for his lavish Downing Street flat refurbishment.

Labour asked Simon Case to look into the ‘eye-watering’ amounts said to have been spent on the revamp, which included gold wall coverings.

It follows a series of disclosures by the Daily Mail about the financing of decor and furnishings for the apartment the Prime Minister, 56, shares with fiancee Carrie Symonds, 33.

Last week, the Mail revealed election watchdogs are probing a secret £60,000 payment for the makeover to determine whether it broke the rules. Labour MP Sarah Owen wrote to Mr Case yesterday calling for ‘transparency and clear explanations’ over the ‘murky’ payments.

Urging an investigation, she wrote: ‘It is vital the facts behind the costs of this refurbishment are established and published in full. This isn’t just about whether the taxes of hard-working people have contributed to spun gold wallpaper.

‘The lack of openness means that there are so many questions relating to matters of transparency, probity, judgment and whether the ministerial code has been broken.’

She emphasised that the ministerial code requires ministers to avoid the danger of any actual or perceived conflict of interest between their position and their private financial interests. 

Labour asked Simon Case to look into the ¿eye-watering¿ amounts said to have been spent on the revamp, which included gold wall coverings. Pictured: File photo of the flat

Labour asked Simon Case to look into the ‘eye-watering’ amounts said to have been spent on the revamp, which included gold wall coverings. Pictured: File photo of the flat

It comes after the Conservative Party paid a £60,000 bill for the refurbishment of Mr Johnson’s flat. Tory donor Lord Brownlow secretly reimbursed the party six months ago.

The code also states that ministers should be as open as possible with Parliament and the public and should provide information.

The MP asked how much had been spent, what it had been spent on, and how the suppliers for the refurbishment were chosen. 

Downing Street has not denied the reports and has stated that details of the refurbishment will be provided in a Cabinet Office report. 

It has not said when this will be published. Mr Johnson denies any impropriety.

It follows a series of disclosures by the Daily Mail about the financing of decor and furnishings for the apartment the Prime Minister, 56, shares with fiancee Carrie Symonds, 33

It follows a series of disclosures by the Daily Mail about the financing of decor and furnishings for the apartment the Prime Minister, 56, shares with fiancee Carrie Symonds, 33

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