The Labor opposition requested this Sunday a “deep” and independent investigation into how the conservative government of the prime minister Boris Johnson he used British taxpayers’ money, then accusations regarding the financing of the renovation of his apartment.
Boris Johnson’s former right-hand man, Dominic Cummings, questioned the prime minister’s ethical integrity this week, claiming in an explosive post on his website that he was seeking to fund work on his apartment through private donors.
On Friday, a minister in his cabinet indicated that Johnson had covered the costs “out of his own pocket”, however, he did not clarify whether he had reimbursed a donor.
“We do not know the truth about this dispute between two very powerful men, who seem more interested in who is lying than in the underlying problem,” Labor MP Jess Phillips told Sky News on Sunday.
“What we need is an objective and independent investigation,” he added, and that Labor will raise an urgent question in Parliament on this matter next week.
This investigation should examine “if the contracts were agreed by SMS, like the tax cuts, or if the prime minister uses his friends to get money to repair his house,” he detailed, referring to SMS exchanges with industrialist James Dyson.
The BBC recently brought to light this exchange of text messages, in which Dyson asked Johnson, at the beginning of the pandemic, to “fix” the tax situation of its employees who moved to the United Kingdom to manufacture respirators, according to as requested by the government. Johnson reportedly responded in March 2020, “I’ll figure this out tomorrow! We need you”.
The conservative government once again denied all accusations on this matter this Sunday morning. “The prime minister has taken care of the renovation costs of his apartment, it is completely clear,” the Minister of International Trade, Liz Truss, hammered before Sky News, assuring that he has “acted according to the rules throughout This process”.
“The proper information has been the subject of a public statement,” he said, calling this matter a “monumental maneuver” to distract the British from the “fantastic work” carried out by the government in the face of the covid-19 pandemic.
The Electoral Commission, which regulates donations to political parties and their spending, confirmed that it is investigating this case.
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