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Parliament sleaze watchdog urged to open new investigation into Boris Johnson flat refurb

Parliament’s sleaze watchdog should examine’s Boris Johnson over the funding of the lavish refurbishments to his Downing Street flat, Labour has stated.

In a letter to the parliamentary commissioner for requirements, deputy chief Angela Rayner stated the physique ought to launch a probe into whether or not the prime minister broke parliamentary guidelines by not declaring a donation on the MPs’ register of pursuits.

Last week Mr Johnson was cleared of breaking his authorities’s personal ministerial conduct guidelines over the refurbishment.

But Lord Geidt, the PM’s adviser on requirements, stated Mr Johnson had acted “unwisely” over the works, which had been overseen by his then-fiancée Carrie Symonds and part-financed by a Tory donor.

Now Labour desires the separate parliamentary watchdog to examine whether or not Mr Johnson broke guidelines he has to comply with as a member of parliament.

In a letter to the commissioner, Ms Rayner famous it has beforehand reprimanded Mr Johnson, together with in 2019 when the Tory chief had been warned that any additional breaches could warrant “more serious sanction”.

“It appears that, far from learning the lessons of his previous transgressions, the prime minister has continued with his attitude of treating basic standards of integrity, openness and transparency with contempt and behaving as though there is one rule for him and another for everyone else,” Ms Rayner wrote.

“I therefore write to request that you instigate a further investigation into the prime minister’s failure to register this donation, using your powers as commissioner.”

Ms Rayner additionally accused Mr Johnson of breaching the overall rules on conduct in public lifetime of “selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership”.

Under the federal government’s guidelines, the prime minister can use an annual public grant of up to £30,000 to adorn his Downing Street house – however the lavish alternative he and his companion made shortly elevated prices to round £200,000.

Tory donor Lord Brownlow had initially had settled an bill for the works, although the adviser on ministers’ pursuits Lord Geidt concluded that Mr Johnson had not been conscious of this.

He stated the prime minister ought to have been “more rigorous regard for how this would be funded”.

Separately, the parliamentary commissioner for requirements is already investigating whether or not Mr Johnson correctly declared a £15,000 vacation on the Caribbean island of Mustique together with his then finance.

A Downing Street spokesperson stated: “Lord Geidt’s independent report shows the prime minister acted in accordance with the ministerial code at all times and sets out the background to the intended establishment of a Downing Street trust.

“The report exhibits how, always, the prime minister adopted the recommendation of officers and he has made a declaration in his record of ministerial pursuits, as suggested by Lord Geidt.

“The House of Commons rules and Electoral Commission guidance are clear that support relating to ministerial activity should be declared through ministerial declarations and this has been done.”

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