United Kingdom: Boris Johnson called to order for the renovation of his apartment

The Election Commission fined Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party for failing to declare the full amount of a donation received to fund this renovation.

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The sanction falls badly for the conservative leader with his integrity already under attack. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was called to order Thursday, December 9, over the costly renovation of his Downing Street home, which was financed by a private donation. The Election Commission, regulator of the accounts of political parties, imposed a fine of 16,250 pounds (nearly 19,000 euros) on Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party for not having declared the total amount of a donation received to finance this renovation , as well as a fine of £ 1,550 for violating the obligation to keep proper accounting records.

The commission launched an investigation in April to examine possible breaches related to the work carried out in the apartment Boris Johnson occupies with his wife Carrie Symonds and their son Wilfred at 11 Downing Street, which is larger than 10, where his residence is located. official. She concluded on Thursday that the Conservative Party received a donation of £ 67,801.72 (over € 79,000) from Huntswood Associates Limited, a company run by a party close to the party, in October 2020 “of which £ 52,801.72 was to cover the cost of three invoices relating to the renovation of Downing Street”. Of this amount, only £ 15,000 was declared as a donation by the party. Gold, “the total amount of £ 67,801.72 was a donation and should have been reported to the Commission”, underlined the latter. Attacked by the opposition on the financing of this work, Boris Johnson assured Parliament last April to have “personally paid for the renovation”, without specifying having benefited from a donation then reimbursed. He had assured to have respected the rules.

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