The UK Electoral Commission announced this Wednesday it was launching an investigation into funding reforms of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official home on Downing Street.
The independent agency, which controls the funding of political parties, among other things, has stated that there are “sufficient” reasons “to suspect that one or more violations have occurred”.
An Electoral Commission spokesman quoted by the BBC said the investigation “will determine whether a transaction related to the works at 11 Downing Street falls under the commission-regulated regime and whether that funding has been reported as required”. The body has been in contact with the British Conservative Party since March.
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.
During the one-day session of the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, Labor Party leader Keir Starmer pressured the “Prime Minister” to explain who paid the costs originally and listed several options: “The taxpayer, the Conservative Party, one private donor or himself. “
In a tense debate, Johnson responded, “The answer is that I paid the cost … I fully followed the Code of Conduct.”