The British Electoral Commission launches an investigation into the financing of the remodeling of the apartment of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. According to the committee, there are reasonable reasons to suspect that Johnson may have violated the rules.
According to his former top advisor Dominic Cummings, Johnson would have planned to use Conservative Party donations to pay for the renovation of the apartment on 11 Downing Street in London. Thats what Cummings wrote, who was promised watch by Johnson at the end of last year, in a blog post. Several media reports that among others, the wealthy Lord Brownlow has contributed to the renovation with a donation of 58,000 pounds.
An annual amount of 30,000 pounds is reserved for work on the property. Johnson, however, would have spent £200,000. He would have taken the extra money in the form of a loan or a donation and later repaid it. However, he would have had to declare the amount to the electoral committee. If Johnson broke the rules, he could get a fine of £20,000.
Interior May: Nightmare
Johnson moved into the apartment in July 2019, when he became Prime Minister. The Prime Ministers actual office residence is 10 Downing Street, but this apartment is larger. Since Tony Blair, thats why all the prime ministers lived on 11 Downing Street.
Johnsons fiancée, Carrie Symonds, called the interior of his predecessor Theresa May “a nightmare”. Therefore, the couple put the exclusive interior designer Lulu Lytle to work. The designer is known for her furniture made of rattan.
Johnson had to answer for the charges in the House of Commons today. He claims to have paid for the renovation himself, but he did not want to tell if it was at first, or whether he borrowed the money first.
Johnson also went into accusations made by the Daily Mail. In October, when entering the second lockdown in England, Johnson would have said, “No more fuckin lockdowns – let the bodies pile up in thousands.” Johnson denied using the words.