Boris Johnson: Investigation launched into flat refurbishment
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Alex Beresford, 40, has hit out at Boris Johnson and former prime ministers on Twitter, after plans for the Conservative leader’s Downing Street flat have come under scrutiny. The Good Morning Britain weatherman demanded to know what PMs are doing to the property to justify it being renovated “over and over again”.
Meanwhile we have families living in inhabitable social housing
Alex typed in view of his 245,000 followers: “I want to know what our Prime Ministers are doing in that state-funded flat to justify so much money being spent on renovating it over and over again?”
He quipped that perhaps the leaders of government had been having “weekly raves” and damaging the abode.
The GMB host continued sarcastically: “Weekly raves, too much spilt red wine?
“Meanwhile we have families still living in inhabitable social housing,” he added.
Underneath fans weighed in on the matter, as they gave their opposing opinions on the refurbishment.
One claimed: “Every PM can claim to redecorate number 10, but it’s funny how @BorisJohnson is the only person getting lambasted for it, all because Labour can’t vote him out, so constant smear campaigns.”
Another replied: “After 10 years of austerity when we’ve all been told to tighten our belts, whichever way you look at this, spending nearly a quarter of a million to refurbish a flat which was already decorated to a standard most of us could only dream of, is the equivalent of p***ing all over us!”
A third commented: “All PMs regardless of which party refurbish the Downing Street flat when they move in. I can’t understand why everyone is getting their knickers in a twist over this, it’s just petty politics.”
While a fourth wrote: “Meanwhile we have people who have to sleep on the streets, children who are going hungry missing meals.” (sic)
The row over how Boris funded the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat has been much discussed over the past week.
Despite the PM’s office being in number 10 Downing Street, all Prime Ministers since Tony Blair have lived in the more spacious flat above number 11.
Prime ministers are provided an annual allowance of up to £30,000 of taxpayer’s money to contribute to costs of maintaining and furnishing the four-bedroom flat, which is grade one listed.
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However, there has been speculation over who picked up the tab for the PM’s £200,000 renovations.
Mr Johnson lives in the flat with his fiancee Carrie Symonds, and their baby Wilfred.
Ms Symonds, 32, called the home inherited from Theresa May a “John Lewis furniture nightmare” in an interview with Tatler.
While a friend of hers told the Daily Mail: “The makeover is appropriate for a building of such huge importance.
“Carrie has exquisite taste. It is classic, stunning, stylish and chic.
“She should be congratulated not criticised,” they added.
David Cameron spent £680,00 renovating back in 2011. A spokeswoman said at the time that the money was spent on rewiring, plumbing and decorating.
But insisted the Camerons paid for the extras. “No public money was spent on furniture, fittings or accessories.”
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