Tory donors ‘approached to pay for Boris Johnson’s nanny’ - reports

Leah Sinclair
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Senedd election (PA Wire)
Senedd election (PA Wire)

Tory donors were approached to cover the childcare costs for Boris Johnson’s son Wilfred, it has been reported.

An unidentified Tory MP received a complaint from a supporter who has been asked to pay for a nanny for the one-year-old, according to the Sunday Times.

The donor reportedly told the MP: “I don’t mind paying for leaflets but I resent being asked to pay to literally wipe the prime minister’s baby’s bottom.”

A No 10 spokeswoman said: “The Prime Minister has covered the cost of all childcare.”

But she did not respond when asked if Mr Johnson paid for the original bill himself or had reimbursed somebody else.

Of the accusations, foreign secretary Dominic Raab said he has “no idea” if the allegation is true and dismissed it as “tittle-tattle”.

“I have no idea, you don’t have conversations like that with the PM. I can’t comment on every little bit of gossip that’s in the newspapers,” he told Sophy Ridge on Sunday.

“The last thing you asked me about I think is an example of tittle-tattle.”

The Sunday Times report also claims that Conservative chiefs footed a bill for the prime minister’s £165-an-hour personal trainer, and a personal chef when he was hospitalised with Covid.

However, Tory co-chairman Ben Elliot has denied both claims, according to the newspaper.

It comes amid mounting criticism over the refurbishment of Mr Johnson’s No 11 flat.

Former aide, Dominic Cummings, who quit his post last year, said Mr Johnson wanted donors to “secretly pay” for the work in an “unethical, foolish, possibly illegal” move.

When pushed by reporters earlier this week, No 10 declined to deny suggestions that the Prime Minister received a loan from the Conservative Party to cover the original costs, before reimbursing the party.

Inquiries into how Mr Johnson’s flat refurbishment was funded are being carried out by Simon Case, the head of the civil service, Lord Geidt, the independent adviser on ministers’ interests, and the Electoral Commission.

Conservative Party staff have also been given one week to hand over all communication related to renovations of Mr Johnson’s flat or face criminal consequences, according to reports.

The Times and The Sun reported on Saturday that all Conservative Party staff received an email from human resources in the name of Alan Mabbutt, a senior official and registered legal officer, about the commission’s inquiry which told them: “You are put on notice that this is a criminal investigation.”

The email notified staff that all communications had to be provided to the investigation by May 7.

The Standard approached Downing Street for comment.

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