Labor is demanding an official investigation into Boris Johnson’s plan to refurbish the Downing Street flat
- Sir Keir Starmer has entered into a battle over Boris Johnson’s renovation
- He demanded a formal investigation into whether he should be prosecuted
- The Daily Mail revealed details of the lavish redecoration of the Downing Street apartment shared by the Prime Minister and his fiancé Carrie Symonds
Sir Keir Starmer has entered into a battle over the remodeling of Boris Johnson’s apartment to demand a formal investigation into whether he should be prosecuted.
In a major development, lawyers acting for Labor wrote a letter to the electoral watchdog, accusing the prime minister of “hiding” donations for the work.
It comes after the Daily Mail revealed details of the lavish redecoration of the Downing Street apartment shared by the Prime Minister and his fiancé Carrie Symonds.
Sir Keir Starmer has entered into a battle over Boris Johnson’s remodel to demand a formal investigation into whether he should be prosecuted.
In the letter to the election committee, Labor lawyers wrote: “ The sequence of events set out in both this letter and elsewhere deserves a full and detailed investigation, including whether the facts, as you are able to establish criminal proceedings , are justified. ‘
The revamp on No11 by chic designer Lulu Lytle would have cost six figures and included gold wall coverings.
Sir Keir’s intervention will increase pressure on No10 to publish details of ‘secret’ payments for the redesign.
The letter – sent by attorneys for Labour’s democracy spokesman Cat Smith – calls on the committee to initiate a formal investigation. The watchdog is currently investigating a secret payment of £ 60,000 for the makeover to determine if it is breaking the rules. This is not a formal investigation. But Labor lawyers argue that the case meets the requirements of the Commission to start one.
In the letter, they refer to a payment of £ 60,000 from the Tory Party for the work, and a secret repayment to the party for the same amount from donor Lord Brownlow.
The money is not on the list of political donations published by the Commission or on the register of interests of Mr. Johnson Commons.
The lawyers said they were concerned that he might have tried to “ hide ” the real donor by making the Tory party pay the amount. By law, donations must be reported to the relevant authority within one month, the lawyers added.
There appears to be a prima facie breach in that the Prime Minister failed to notify the donation within the required legal timeframe as the money appears to have been paid several months ago, and as we understand no mention was made by him, ‘ they said. Mr Johnson still had an obligation to declare the donation by Lord Brownlow if it was made through the party, she added.
The revamp on No11 by the chic designer Lulu Lytle would have cost six figures and included gold wall coverings
The Labor letter continued: “We are concerned that an attempt appears to have been made to conceal the true donor of the funds by ensuring that the Conservative Party pays for the substantial portion of the renovation.”
It said: “The reports from various reliable media sources on an issue that is most likely of great interest to the general public mean that this is a clearly appropriate case in which the Electoral Commission should use its legal powers to investigate further.”
The Commission has asked Tory chairman Ben Elliot to explain whether the party has complied with the electoral rules. He and Mr. Johnson deny inappropriateness. A Commission spokesperson said it would respond to the letter in due course. A Conservative spokesman said, “No party money is being used to pay for the renovation of the Downing Street estate.”