Boris has been cleared of breaking the ministerial code over the refurbishment of the Downing Street flat. In a new report released this afternoon, Independent Advisor on Ministerial Interests Lord Geidt concludes:
“Having advised that the interests declared by the Prime Minister present no actual or perceived conflict, I consider them to be consistent with the provisions of the Ministerial Code”.
The report finds that whilst Lord Brownlow did settle the £200,000 renovation bill, Boris only became aware of that fact just before the story was published in the Mail – months after the transaction was made. Geidt describes this “unwise”…
Number 10 immediately issued a response:
“Geidt’s independent report shows the PM acted in accordance with the Ministerial Code at all times. Other than works funded through the annual allowance, the costs of [flat refurbishment] are not being financed by taxpayers and have been settled by the PM personally.”
Read the report in full: