Boris Johnson insists he is focused on his job as flat row goes on

Boris Johnson insisted that he be “laser focused” on meeting people’s priorities as he tried to pull out of the dispute over funding his Downing Street apartment.

The Prime Minister’s comments came after the end of a tumultuous parliamentary session as the UK left the European Union and faced the devastating effects of the coronavirus.

The meeting, which began in December 2019, ended on Thursday with the prime minister embroiled in a dire row over his apartment.

But Mr Johnson insisted that his government had delivered for the British people throughout the session and remained committed to his priorities.

“This Parliament witnessed an extraordinary chapter in the history of the UK, ranging from the new freedoms we have gained as a sovereign nation outside the EU to the implications of a global pandemic,” he said.

“The changes we have made have allowed us to take quick action to protect our country from coronavirus and will make our country stronger, fairer, safer and greener.”

“But there is much more to be done and I will continue to focus on meeting people’s priorities as we work to unite, improve and increase opportunities across the UK.”

A total of 44 government bills were passed during the session, with the landmark domestic abuse bill being one of the last bills to get royal approval.

A socially distant prorogation ceremony on Thursday ended the session.

Both houses will return on Tuesday May 11th.

On that day, the Queen will give a speech to announce the government’s legislative program for the new parliamentary session.

The Prime Minister has insisted that the dispute over funding his major renovation work on the apartment at 11 Downing Street is a “farrago of nonsense” and “I believe there is nothing to see here”.

However, he has ordered two investigations – by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case and the independent adviser on ministers’ interests, Lord Geidt.

The Electoral Commission has also opened an investigation into how the refurbishment was funded, alleging there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the political funding laws may have been broken.

Mr Johnson said he paid “personally” for the renovations but refused to say whether he had received an initial donation from the Conservative Party to cover costs, which is said to be up to £ 200,000.


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