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Boris Johnson's 'charity scheme' for the upkeep of his Downing Street home triggers outcry

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Boris Johnson appears to have scored a spectacular own goal by proposing to set up a "charity" to finance the refurbishment of his home

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is reportedly considering setting up a charity scheme with the purpose of raising funds for the refurbishment of Number 10 and Number 11 Downing Street.

The PM’s proposed charity, which has caused concern among MPs, is allegedly based on a scheme used by the White House in the United States.

Labor MP, Sarah Owen, has accused the government of “waste, cronyism and sleaze”, before adding that the ruling Tories are being inconsiderate toward people’s challenging financial situation.

Attempting to bring the government's misspending habits into sharp relief, Owen wrote to the Prime Minister that “the British people rightly expect probity, integrity and transparency”.

Meanwhile, another Labor MP, Catherine McKinnell, has consciously linked the PM's alleged wasteful spending to the economic crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

McKinnell said that “if true that the PM is setting up a ‘charity’ to bankroll his refurb it’s an utter disgrace, and could not be more out of touch with the terrible circumstances so many families are facing as we experience the worst economic crisis of any major economy”.

The controversial proposal has emerged in the midst of allegations of an expensive remodeling of the PM’s flat by his fiancée Carrie Symonds, the costs of which are said to be “totally out of control”.


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