Boris apologizes for not disclosing information about the flat renovation.

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Boris apologizes for failing to disclose messages about the flat renovation.

BORIS Johnson apologised yesterday for failing to reveal messages he sent to a donor during an investigation into the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat.

After secret Whatsapp exchanges were discovered, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was reprimanded by standards chief Lord Geidt.

The ethics adviser wrote to Mr Johnson, saying it was “unsatisfactory” that texts to Tory backer Lord Brownlow were not revealed to him, demonstrating “insufficient” respect for his role.

“Neither at the time the Cabinet Office was collecting information ahead of my report, nor later, was any attempt made to check for information relevant to my inquiries, such as the missing exchange,” Lord Geidt continued.

An Electoral Commission investigation into how the refurbishment of No 11 flat, which the PM described as “a bit of a tip,” was paid for revealed the messages last month.

It would not have changed the outcome of Lord Geidt’s investigation last year, which cleared Mr Johnson of violating the ministerial rulebook.

However, the standards chief stated that he would have asked more questions.

Mr Johnson expressed his “humble and sincere apology” in a letter to Lord Geidt.

The messages were sent from a previous phone that the PM had stopped using due to a security breach, and he “did not recall the message exchange,” he said.

“A more thorough explanation of the circumstances should have been provided at the time of your investigation,” Mr Johnson continued.

I apologize for not doing so.”

Brownlow was given the task of establishing a charitable trust to help fund the renovation of the Downing Street flat, but the plan was scrapped later.

Huntswood Associates – whose director is Lord Brownlow – paid a total of £112,549.12 to cover the work of luxury firm Soane Britain, owned by interior designer Lulu Lytle, according to an investigation by the elections watchdog.

Lord Geidt had been assured by the Prime Minister that he was unaware of the payments until the media reported them in February 2021.

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Mr Johnson sent Lord Brownlow a WhatsApp message on November 29, 2020, saying, “I am afraid parts of our flat are still a bit of a tip and am keen to allow Lulu Lytle to get on with it.”

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