Whitehall’s most senior mandarin is investigating amid row over Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat makeover
- Cabinet Secretary Simon Case is investigating the refurbishment of the flat
- It is claimed a Tory celebration donor paid £58,000 in the direction of the worth of the invoice
- Carrie Symonds wished to make use of wall paper from unique designer Lulu Lytle
- The £58,000 donation has not been registered with the Electoral Commission
Cabinet Secretary Simon Case has reportedly intervened within the claims that the Tory Party secretly paid £58,000 in the direction of the invoice – after which tried to cowl it up.
The dramatic growth comes two days after the Daily Mail revealed leaked emails from Conservative donor Lord Brownlow to Tory Party co-chairman Ben Elliot.
Boris Jonson, pictured, is dealing with questions on how he financed a six-figure refurbishment of his flat at 11 Downing Street – together with designer wallpaper chosen by his associate Carrie Symonds
It is claimed Tory donor Lord Brownlow coated £58,000 of the prices for the makeover which included costly wallpaper by inside designer Lulu Lytle, pictured an instance of the designer’s work
The Labour Party has written to the elections watchdog to demand an investigation into the refit, which has been dubbed Wallpaper-gate
The emails confirmed that Lord Brownlow instructed Mr Elliot final October that he had paid £58,000 to Tory HQ to cowl the identical quantity spent by the celebration months earlier on the flat refit.
The £58,000 was to be attributed as having come not from Lord Brownlow or the Tory Party however from a ‘soon to be formed Downing St Trust’ that had not but been shaped – and nonetheless doesn’t exist, formally.
Well-placed sources stated it was proof of an try and cowl up the best way celebration funds had been secretly used to assist pay for the refurbishment of Mr Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds’ Number 11 Downing Street official flat. The makeover, which included costly wallpaper, by inside designer Lulu Lytle reportedly price a six-figure sum.
It got here as Labour wrote to the elections watchdog to demand an investigation into the refit, which has been dubbed Wallpaper-gate.
Senior figures have questioned why such a robust particular person as Mr Case was getting concerned within the affair. Whitehall sources instructed Sky News they had been involved it could possibly be a distraction from key priorities akin to Covid and Brexit.
One member of Government stated: ‘I’m astonished that Simon has bought concerned on this himself. It has a lot potential to go mistaken.’ Fleur Anderson, Labour’s Cabinet Office spokesman, stated it was ‘strange’ the Cabinet Secretary has intervened with this when there are ‘far more pressing issues to deal with’.
The Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, pictured, is reportedly wanting into the scandal dubbed wallpaper-gate
Lulu Lytle’s work his extremely wanted in sure circles, pictured an instance of her work
The £58,000 donation was not reported to the Electoral Commission and the watchdog has but to start out a proper investigation. But shadow minister Cat Smith instructed the fee that after the Mail’s newest e-mail revelation, a full probe is important.
This newspaper disclosed final month that Tory funds had been used to assist pay for decor for the flat and that Mr Johnson’s advisers deliberate to arrange a ‘Downing St Trust’ with the publicly acknowledged purpose of ‘preserving Downing St for the nation’.
Privately, No 10 sources admitted it was partly supposed to cover the actual fact Conservative funds supposed to fund campaigns had been used to pay for the flat – in addition to recoup the money.
A Conservative spokesman stated: ‘All reportable donations to the Conservative Party are correctly declared to the Electoral Commission… Gifts and benefits received in a ministerial capacity are, and will continue to be, declared in Government transparency returns.’
The Electoral Commission stated it’s figuring out whether or not the sums regarding the refit ‘fall within the regime regulated by the commission’.