British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated Thursday that he disagreed that the controversial reform of his official Downing Street apartment was “nothing to see or fear” after the election commission opened an investigation into funding housing reform work.
Johnson, who has announced that he will be working with the ongoing investigation, has insisted that he “focus on the” really important “issues,” the BBC reported.
The UK Electoral Commission, an independent agency that controls the funding of political parties, among other things, believes the Conservative Party may have broken the law as it is reported that the reform costs could originally have been paid through donations.
For its part, the Labor Party has called on the “Prime Minister” to “quickly” reveal who paid for the jobs first. Party leader Keir Starmer has pointed out that the situation is turning into “a sham”, adding that it would take Johnson “about a minute” to find out details about the work “and then get back to his day job.”
The Election Commission stated that there were “sufficient” reasons “to suspect that a violation or misconduct has occurred” when renovations to Johnson’s home at 11 Downing Street have been completed.
The British “Prime Minister” has come under increasing pressure to explain how the reforms have been paid for after his former chief adviser Dominic Cummings pointed out an alleged scheme that donors should pay them “in secret”.
While there are no regulations banning receiving donations, UK politicians have to publicly declare them so the public can know who gave them money and see if donors can influence their decisions.
Johnson has reiterated that he “personally” handled the cost of the renovation but failed to disclose who paid the original bill.