Boris Johnson ‘asked for cash’ for flat, as Xmas party probe expanded – follow live

Boris Johnson ‘asked for cash’ for flat, as Xmas party probe expanded – follow live
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Watch live as cabinet secretary grilled by MPs on No 10 parties

Boris Johnson continues to come under fire as it was revealed he personally asked for more funds for his flat refurbishmentdespite claiming, three months later, that he knew nothing about it, an investigation has found.

The astonishing revelation – in a report fining the Tories for breaking electoral law – triggered a Arbeid allegation that the prime minister has “lied to the British public” over the controversy.

Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader accused the Prime Minister of taking the British public “for fools.”

It comes as the investigation into a Christmas party held in Downingstraat aan 18 December last year will be widened to examine reports of a separate gathering held in No 10 in November and another at the Department for Education.

Minister Michael Ellis told MPs today that the investigation will “establish swiftly” the facts and nature of gatherings at 10 Downing Street on November 27 2020; a gathering at the Department for Education on December 10 2020; and allegations made of a gathering at 10 Downing Street on December 18 2020.

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Kyk: Labour MP calls for No 10 party attendees to be sacked

Labour MP calls for No 10 party attendees to be sacked
Sam Hancock9 Desember 2021 12:24
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Boris Johnson ‘asked for cash’ for flat refurbishment – but later claimed he knew nothing about payments

Boris Johnson personally asked for more funds for his flat refurbishment – despite claiming, three months later, that he knew nothing about it, an investigation has found.

The astonishing revelation – in a report fining the Tories for breaking electoral law – triggered a Labour allegation that the prime minister has “lied to the British public” over the controversy.

It will also heap pressure on Mr Johnson’s ethics adviser to reopen his inquiry into the redecorations, after it concluded there had been no breach of the ministerial code.

Our deputy political editor, Robert Merrick, has the full story below:

Boris Johnson ‘asked for cash’ for flat works – then claimed he knew nothing about it

Labour alleges revelation in watchdog’s report shows prime minister ‘lied to the British public’ over controversy

Thomas Kingsley9 Desember 2021 12:09
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Tory MP calls for minister to resign

Tory MP Mark Francois has called for Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis to resign over the government’s failure to bring forward a bill on legacy issues to end prosecutions of British soldiers.

“He faithfully promised,” said Francois. “If he repeatedly breaks his word, he has no honourable option but to resign. He has let down his party and those who fought to uphold the law in Northern Ireland. When will Brandon Lewis resign his seal of office.”

Rees-Mogg apologised for not announcing a legacy bill. He said such a bill was “complicated” and said there was “good reason” for delays on the legislation. He said it was “unreasonable” to blame Lewis.

Thomas Kingsley9 Desember 2021 11:46
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Labour MP expresses ‘anger’ at Christmas party claims after losing family during the pandemic

Labour MP Afzal Khan expressed his “anger” at the Christmas party row given the losses his family suffered during the pandemic.

He told the Commons: “Everyone experiences bereavement differently but for those of us who have lost loved ones during the pandemic there is a sentiment that increasingly unites usand that is anger.

“I am angry that while my mum lay dying in hospital, I could not hold her hand. I’m angry that I had to bury my father-in-law and mother-in-law two days apart.

“Above all I’m angry that members of this government could be so flippant, so callous and so arrogant as to host not one, not two, not three but seven parties and then lie about it.”

He asked for the investigation to look at other alleged parties from last November and December.

Thomas Kingsley9 Desember 2021 11:35
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How many children does the Prime Minister have?

As Boris and Carrie Johnson announce the birth of their baby daughter, the question of how many children the Prime Minister has is circulating again.

Our lifestyle reporter, Sarah Young, has the full story addressing the question:

How many children does Boris Johnson have?

Boris and Carrie Johnson have welcomed their second child

Thomas Kingsley9 Desember 2021 11:21
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NEW: Ministers isolating after contact with Australian politician who tested positive

Two Cabinet ministers are self-isolating after they were in contact with the Australian Deputy Prime Minister who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Justice Secretary Dominic Raab and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps met Barnaby Joyce in London earlier in the week.

Mr Joyce has since tested positive while travelling to Washington DC and is self-isolating for 10 dae.

Thomas Kingsley9 Desember 2021 11:09
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BREEK: Downing Street widens Christmas party investigation

More breaking news as the investigation into a Christmas party held in Downing Street on 17 December last year will be widened to examine reports of a separate gathering held in No 10 in November and another at the Department for Education.

“The primary purpose of the Cabinet Secretary’s investigation will be to establish swiftly a general understanding of the nature of the gatherings, including attendance, the setting and the purpose, and with reference to adherence to the guidance in place at the time,” minister Michael Ellis told MPs.

Our political correspondent, Ashley Cowburn, has the full report below:

Downing Street widens Christmas party investigation

The investigation into a Christmas party held in Downing Street on 17 December last year will be widened to examine reports of a separate gathering held in No 10 in November and another at the Department for Education.

Thomas Kingsley9 Desember 2021 10:54
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Boris Johnson faces rebellion over ‘plan B’ measures as Tory anger mounts

The Conservative party broke electoral laws over the controversial funding of Boris Johnson’s flat refurbishment, the Electoral Commission has ruled.

“Our investigation into the Conservative Party found that the laws around the reporting and recording of donations were not followed,” said Louise Edwards, director of regulation – announcing a £17,800 fine.

The verdict brings allegations of sleaze against the prime minister back centre-stage, as he is dogged by allegations of misleading the public over last year’s No 10 Christmas parties.

Our political correspondent, Ashley Cowburn, has the full report below:

Boris Johnson’s flat refurbishment broke electoral law, watchdog rules

‘Laws around the reporting and recording of donations were not followed’, Electoral Commission finds

Thomas Kingsley9 Desember 2021 10:37
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BREEK: Boris Johnson and wife Carrie announce birth of baby girl

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and wife Carrie have announced “the birth of a healthy baby girl at a London hospital earlier today.”

More to follow on this breaking story:

Boris Johnson and wife Carrie announce birth of baby girl

Prime minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie have announced the birth of “a healthy baby girl” at a London hospital earlier today.

Thomas Kingsley9 Desember 2021 10:14
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Kyk: Health secretary Sajid Javid speaks about the Downing Street Christmas party video

‘I was upset by that video’: Health Secretary talks about Downing Street clip
Thomas Kingsley9 Desember 2021 10:05

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