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Boris Johnson set to be ‘cleared of breaking ministerial code’ over flat refurbishment

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Ethics adviser Lord Christopher Geidt, whom Mr Johnson appointed, found the Prime Minister did not breach any rules, according to The Financial Times. In May 2021, Lord Geidt had already cleared Boris Johnson, writing in a first report that “the record shows no evidence that the prime minister had been informed” about the payments.

The conclusions of a second inquiry are to be published shortly and follow an accusatory report from the Electoral Commission that claimed: “the laws around the reporting and recording of donations were not followed.”

The same commission issued a £17,800 fine to the Conservative Party.

Boris Johnson was accused of asking donors to “secretly pay” for the refurbishment of his actual flat above 11 Downing Street (that began in April 2020) by his former chief adviser Dominic Cummings.

Mr Cummings said this would have been “unethical, foolish, possibly illegal” and would mean the PM “almost certainly broke the rules on proper disclosure of political donations if conducted in the way he intended.”

The Prime Minister has always assured he was unaware of any donations and “covered the costs” himself.

He refused to answer questions about whether any money was initially loaned to cover the costs.

The Electoral Commission later reported that Lord Brownlow donated £58,000 to the Conservatives who did not declare it properly.

In their recent report, the Electoral Commission claimed that Boris Johnson had contacted Lord Brownlow over WhatsApp and mentioned the flat refurbishment to him back in November 2020.

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Asked previously if Johnson had lied to Geidt, the No10 spokesperson said: “No.”

Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labour Party, shared her indignation regarding the Prime Minister’s “personal mess.”

She said: “While the British public is facing a cost of living crisis, Boris Johnson is busy writing to his own adviser about why he did not give him all of the information he needed for his investigation.

“Lord Geidt should publish all his correspondence with the prime minister as a first step towards providing full transparency into how Boris Johnson is explaining away his WhatsApp messages with Tory donors.

“It is embarrassing that when the country needs real leadership, Boris Johnson is busy trying to clear up his own personal mess.”



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