Talking Point: Should Boris Johnson be investigated over £200K Downing Street refurb?

Sophie Rainbow
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<p>It has now been announced that the PM himself will be the “ultimate arbiter” of any investigation</p> (AP)

It has now been announced that the PM himself will be the “ultimate arbiter” of any investigation

(AP)

Boris Johnson has recently become the subject of a furious row over the refurbishment of his No11 flat.

It has now been announced that the PM himself will be the “ultimate arbiter” of any investigation into whether he breached ministerial code.

This follows the news that Lord Giedt will be leading the probe into the makeover. The ministerial code sets out the standards of conduct expected of ministers - and in the case of the renovation, the Government has so far refused comment on whether it was funded in part by a loan from the Conservative Party.

If so, Johnson would be expected to provide evidence that the code was not breached, in that there should be “no actual or perceived conflicts of interest”.

Do you think that Boris Johnson should be investigated over the refurbishment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments for the chance to be featured on the ES website tomorrow.

Yesterday’s Talking Point: Should fines from lockdown be reviewed?

Most of you disagreed that fines should be reviewed. Brian Wilson said: “People knew the score. The fine should have been more from the start.”

Laurence Elton suggested that it would be a disservice to those who observed the rules, saying: “How insulting to those who kept within the guidelines.”

And Giovanna Di Carlo was clear in his agreement: “A fine is a fine. NO.”

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