UK: Boris Johnson paid for London flat renovation, minister insists

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Mr Case's office argues that the inquiry into who leaked plans for a second national lockdown in October is ongoing and nobody has been exonerated.

Mr Case, meanwhile, is likely to face questions during his appearance before the PACAC, about another issue where Labour is hoping to make ground, what it describes as Tory "sleaze", David Cameron's lobbying on behalf of Greensill Capital.

Britain's opposition Labour Party on Saturday called for an investigation into how Prime Minister Boris Johnson funded a refurbishment of his Downing Street flat following claims by his former top adviser.

The opposition Labour Party has called for a probe into the refurbishment funding and whether it was a loan.

Shadow education secretary Kate Green told BBC Radio 4's Today programme they were "very troubling allegations" which went to "the heart of ethics and integrity in our government".

"Whether I back Dominic Cummings's view or Boris Johnson's view, what we need is a proper independent inquiry where it isn't about two boys fighting, it's about taxpayers in our country".

The Daily Mail carried a claim that following the lockdown the Prime Minister had said he would rather see "bodies pile high in their thousands" than order a third one.

The disclosure is likely to further anger Mr Cummings who released his onslaught after he was accused by No 10 of a series of damaging leaks including text message exchanges between Mr Johnson and the entrepreneur Sir James Dyson. An investigation was launched after briefings to the press led Mr Johnson to announce England's lockdown earlier than planned.

Restrictions on worship, travel, and indoor dining continue
Premier John Horgan says the province's goal is to restrict people's ability to leave their health authority. Bonnie Henry said it would last at least until - and up to the end of - the May long weekend.

Cummings said he was not responsible for leaks over the cost of the refurbishment and over Johnson's private communications over the sourcing of COVID-19 ventilators.

The former adviser claimed Mr Johnson had considered stopping the inquiry because it could "cause very serious problems with Carrie [Symonds - the PM's fiancee]".

The government said on Friday that Johnson himself met the cost of the apartment refurbishment, reported to be anywhere from around £60,000 to £200,000 ($80,000 to $280,000).

Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary, will be grilled by MPs about a string of allegations made by Mr Cummings, Boris Johnson's former chief adviser, in a blog post.

Mr Johnson lives in the flat above 11 Downing Street with Ms Symonds - a move echoing a number of his predecessors as it is bigger than the accommodation above No 10.

A No 10 spokesperson said: "At all times, the government and ministers have acted in accordance with the appropriate codes of conduct and electoral law".

But she did not answer repeated questions on whether a Tory party donor initially provided the money to him.

The commission, which first raised the issue with the Conservative Party more than a month ago, confirmed at the weekend it was still looking into whether any of the sums relating to the work on the flat should have been declared.

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