Who is Lord Brownlow, and how did he amass his fortune in order to fund the renovation of Downing Street?
BORIS JOHNSON is in hot water once more after messages between him and Lord Brownlow, who paid for a portion of the infamous Downing Street flat refurbishment, were leaked.
Here’s how Lord Brownlow, a Tory donor, was able to fund the Prime Minister’s renovation.
Downing Street will most likely wish for a calmer, more peaceful 2022, after the Prime Minister was rocked by a series of scandals last year, which nearly cost him his job.
Boris Johnson has been rocked by the revelation that in private messages with a Tory donor who helped fund the redecorating of his Downing Street home, he agreed to consider proposals for a new festival.
The Prime Minister and his wife Carrie Johnson received nearly £60,000 from Lord Brownlow for a £112,000 refurbishment project that Mr Johnson claimed he had paid for himself.
The matter was investigated by the Electoral Commission, which concluded in 2021 that the Conservatives had broken electoral laws, resulting in a £17,800 fine.
Mr Johnson’s standards adviser Christopher Geidt conducted a separate investigation and concluded that he did not “deliberately mislead.”
However, after Lord Brownlow’s and the Prime Minister’s messages were published on Thursday evening, the Prime Minister is facing new criticism.
Mr Johnson discussed the proposal for a new festival, dubbed the ‘Great Exhibition 2.0,’ with Lord Brownlow via WhatsApp at the same time as requesting his assistance with a £112,000 renovation of his official residence in Downing Street.
The conversation resulted in a meeting between the peer and Oliver Dowden, the then-culture secretary.
The government is moving ahead with Festival UK, which was first announced in 2018, despite the fact that the proposal for Great Exhibition 2.0 was not taken forward, according to Downing Street.
The Prime Minister has been forced to issue a “humble and sincere” apology for failing to disclose the messages to Lord Geidt during the investigation.
Lord Brownlow is a British businessman, philanthropist, and life peer in the House of Lords, which he received when former Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May resigned in 2019.
Between 2017 and 2020, he was Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party.
According to the Sunday Times Rich List, he is the 521st richest person in the UK and has donated nearly half of his fortune.
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