Prime Minister Boris Johnson described his Downing Street apartment as “a little tip” to a Tory donor who paid to renovate the property.
A newly released WhatsApp message shows the Prime Minister trying to rush Conservative peer David Brownlow to release funds that would allow a luxury designer to get to work.
The redesign was carried out by designer Lulu Lytle and exceeded £ 112,500, well above the prime minister’s annual allowance of £ 30,000.
The “lack of exchange” had not previously been shared with Ministerial Interest Advisor Lord Geidt while he was investigating funding for work on No. 11.
The news was broadcast on November 29, 2020.
Mr Johnson said, “Hi David, I’m afraid parts of our apartment are still a bit of a tip and I would like Lulu Lytle to move on. Can I possibly ask them to contact you for permits? “
Later that day he received a reply from Lord Brownlow saying, “Sorry for the delay, I was out for a walk and didn’t have my ‘work’ phone with me. Get Lulu to call me, of course, and we’ll take care of it as soon as possible! “
Lord Brownlow later added, “I should have said that since the Trust is not yet in place (will be in January), getting it approved is a breeze since it’s just me and I know where the pound is going to be coming from, as soon as Lulu calls. “We can continue.”
Lord Geidt became aware of the news after reading an election commission report that fined the Conservatives for failing to comply with the donation law.
He said the affair “shook” [his] Trust “because of the” real failure of the process “.