Remember Wallpapergate? One of the early scandals Boris Johnson faced as prime minister, involving the lavish makeover of his Number 11 Downing Street flat? Well now someone has leaked the bill, which shows it cost a whopping £200,000.
How is that possible, you ask? Let’s just say the cheapest thing he and wife Carrie bought for their new pad was a £500 table cloth.
The full invoice, which includes the infamous gold wallpaper, was obtained by The Independent on Friday.
The scandal in April 2021 saw Johnson accused of illegally financing the renovation. He said he had assumed a charitable trust would pay for the work but when that didn’t happen Lord David Brownlow – a Tory donor – paid instead.
The PM claimed he had no knowledge of the arrangement but messages surfaced revealing he had asked him, and also promised to look at Brownlow’s idea of a second Great Exhibition.
Johnson apologised in January and is said to have eventually settled the bill himself – but the Tories were fined £18,000 by the Electoral Commission for not following the rules.