UK watchdog to investigate Johnson's flat revamp

Wednesday, April 28

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds  (Photo: Peter Summers/Getty Images)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat redecoration may have broken funding laws, a watchdog said today.

The country’s Electoral Commission said it was mounting a formal investigation after studying answers given by the Conservative Party about what happened.

A spokesman for the watchdog said: “We have been in contact with the Conservative Party since late March and have conducted an assessment of the information they have provided to us.

“We are now satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence or offences may have occurred. We will therefore continue this work as a formal investigation to establish whether this is the case.

“The investigation will determine whether any transactions relating to the works at 11 Downing Street fall within the regime regulated by the Commission and whether such funding was reported as required.

“We will provide an update once the investigation is complete. We will not be commenting further until that point.” 

Mr Johnson and fiancée Carrie Symonds are reported to have spent at least £88,000 and up to £200,000 on the redecoration of the apartment above 11 Downing Street.

The Prime Minister announced earlier this week he has now paid £58,000 from his own pocket.