Boris Johnson was under new pressure to explain who paid for refurbishment of his Downing Street flat yesterday.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined Labour in calling for an investigation after the prime minister was accused of trying to use Tory Party donations to cover the reported £200,000 cost.
His former adviser Dominic Cummings accused the PM of plotting a potentially illegal plan to get donors to cover the costs of the revamp. Johnson says he paid for the upgrade out of his own pocket but the move has failed to quash calls for an inquiry.
The Electoral Commission has asked the Conservative Party if money relating to the work should have been declared under the law on political donations.
Sturgeon said: “As someone who has been subject to far-reaching inquiries and scrutiny, a thorough investigation is needed here given the range and seriousness of the allegations.”
Conservative former attorney general Dominic Grieve – a long-standing critic of Johnson – also called for transparency, describing the Prime Minister as a “vacuum of integrity”.
Downing Street said government and ministers had acted in accordance with the appropriate codes of conduct and electoral law.
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