British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced more charges on Sunday relating to his expenditures on renovating his apartment and caring for his infant son, charges that Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab described as “baseless gossip.”
The British newspaper “The Sunday Times” reported that the total cost of the renovation work for Johnson’s apartment was about 200,000 pounds ($ 276,000), and that one of the Conservative party donors paid one of the bills directly, a donation that should have been reported to the tax authorities. . Read also Because of the cost of maintaining his apartment, Johnson is facing charges of violating politicians ’donation rulesThe Irish are pursuing Gaddafi’s money … The colonel’s billions frozen in Britain embarrass the Johnson government Le Point: This is how Boris Johnson takes revenge on Emmanuel Macron Johnson opposes and Macron rejects and UEFA threatens … angry reactions against the separatist European League
The newspaper added that one of the party donors asked him to pay money to bring in the nanny Wilfred son of Johnson from his fiancée Carrie Symonds. The donor – who was not identified by the newspaper – was quoted as saying, “I do not mind paying for leaflets, but I abhor my demand to pay for cleaning the back of the prime minister’s son.”
Johnson’s office at 10 Downing Street did not mention the costs of the renovations, but said in a statement that “the prime minister pays all the costs of caring for his son.” The Conservative Party declined to comment on the report.
The foreign minister declined to respond directly to a question about who paid for the apartment renovation work in the beginning, and said, “I have no idea” of whether a donor had been asked to bear the costs of caring for Johnson’s son.
Regarding Wilfred’s sponsorship, Raab told SKY TV that this conversation was an example of “gossip” and noted that Johnson was “crystal clear” about the issue of spending on renovating the apartment.
Johnson has repeatedly said that he has incurred the costs of renovating his Downing Street apartment, but the Electoral Commission says it has reason to suspect a wrongdoing in financing these renovations, and has initiated an investigation into the source of the money Johnson used to renovate his Downing Street apartment, against the backdrop of his accusation that it was funded by donations. .
The committee said last Wednesday, “We are now convinced that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that one or more violations have occurred. Therefore, we will continue this work in the form of an official investigation to determine if this is the case,” after assessing information provided to it by the Conservative Party since last month. Advertising
The accusations and suspicions come at a time when some opinion polls show a decline in Johnson’s popularity ahead of next Thursday’s local elections in most parts of Britain.