UPDATE 1 – Johnson from UK faces extra questions on private bills

* The donor was requested to pay for the nanny – Sunday Instances

* Minister of International Affairs: allegation is baseless gossip

* Commentary on the decline of Downing Avenue and the Conservative Get together (title and first paragraph recast)

By Man Faulconbridge

LONDON, Might 2 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confronted extra allegations over his spending on renovating his condo and childcare for his younger son on Sunday than his Minister of Enterprise foreigners referred to as it baseless gossip.

Johnson has repeatedly survived blunders, Brexit crises and revelations of his adultery, however the revelation that he and his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, lavishly spent to redecorate their house with a designer celebrated by royalty has touched a nerve.

One of many leaders of the 2016 marketing campaign to depart the European Union, Johnson is grappling with a flood of allegations relating to each his spending and the administration of his core staff on the middle of the UK authorities which, in accordance with opponents, present that he’s not match to carry out his duties.

Johnson has mentioned on a number of events that he paid for the renovation of his Downing Avenue condo, however the election fee mentioned it had cause to suspect that an offense had been dedicated in funding the works.

The Sunday Instances mentioned the overall price of the work was round 200,000 kilos ($ 276,000) and that an bill had been paid instantly by a Conservative Get together donor – a profit in type that must be reported to tax authorities.

The newspaper additionally reported {that a} Conservative Get together donor had been requested to pay a nanny for Johnson’s younger son Wilfred.

“I do not thoughts paying for leaflets, however I do not need to be requested to pay to actually wipe the butt of the Prime Minister’s child,” mentioned the unidentified donor.

The Conservative Get together and Johnson’s Downing Avenue workplace declined to touch upon the report.


International Secretary Dominic Raab declined to reply instantly who initially paid for the work and mentioned he had “no thought” if a donor had been requested to pay for childcare for Johnson.

“The final situation you requested about is an instance of headline chatter,” Raab informed Sky TV. He mentioned Johnson had been “completely clear” about spending on renovating the condo.

Forward of Thursday’s native elections throughout a lot of Britain, some polls present Johnson’s scores have fallen. His celebration can be going through a parliamentary by-election in Hartlepool, in northern England, which the opposition Labor Get together has managed for many years.

The outcry over the price of renovating Downing Avenue is such that Johnson final week even expressed his “love” for John Lewis, a retailer adored by tens of millions of British voters.

Tatler journal had quoted an unidentified supply as saying that the works had improved the condo after the “John Lewis furnishings nightmare” inherited from former Prime Minister Theresa Might. ($ 1 = 0.7239 lb) (Reporting by Man Faulconbridge; Enhancing by Frances Kerry and Alex Richardson)

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