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Boris Johnson accused of misleading ethics adviser over No 10 refurb

Boris Johnson was accused of misleading his own ethics adviser last night, exposing the prime minister to a potential suspension from the House of Commons, as MPs demanded a fresh probe into his personal donors.

With pressure mounting after a disastrous series of mistakes and scandals, Johnson's integrity was once again under the spotlight after an official report suggested he gave differing accounts to investigators looking into the redecoration of his Downing Street flat.

But documents released by the Electoral Commission also revealed Johnson sent a WhatsApp message to the Tory donor Lord Brownlow in November last year seeking more money for the costly makeover.

In an earlier inquiry into the matter, Johnson had assured Lord Geidt, the independent adviser on ministers' interests, that he did not know who had given money for the work until it was revealed by the media in February this year.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 10th, 2021 at 10:27:51 AM EST
(May 28, 2021) Mr Johnson himself insisted "I covered the costs" during an angry exchange with the Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at Prime Minister's Questions this week.

However, Johnson repeatedly refused to answer questions concerning the loans that had been procured to cover the costs prior, and refused to answer if any loans had been given. More importantly, who may have donated or loaned.

Lord Geidt may quit his role as adviser to PM Johnson ... the dominoes start falling. 😂

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Dec 10th, 2021 at 10:29:06 AM EST
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