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Hostile states could use debt orders, like the one received by Boris Johnson, to destroy reputations, says former spy

Getty Debt claims, like the one issued against Boris Johnson this week, could be used to destroy politicians' reputations, a former UK spy has told Insider. Boris Johnson was this week revealed to have been issued with a potentially embarrassing country court judgment ordering him to pay £535. The claim was brought against him by a private citizen who claimed the debt was for "defamation." Martin Ingram, a former intelligence official, said the tactic "could be used to further embarra...
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Boris Johnson has been issued with a county court judgement for an alleged unpaid debt

Getty Boris Johnson has been issued with a county court judgement for allegedly failing to pay a debt. Court records show he was issued with the judgment for a figure of £535. Johnson's spokesman described the judgement against him as "vexatious and spurious." The claim relates to an allegation of defamation, the Daily Mail reported. See more stories on Insider's business page. Boris Johnson has been issued with a county court judgement for an alleged unpaid debt.The judgement, re...
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Boris Johnson refuses to deny he asked Conservative donors to pay for his child's nanny

Boris Johnson is accused of "trying to hide his attempts to fund his lifestyle through secret payments." Getty Boris Johnson refuses to answer questions over his alleged attempts to use Conservative Party donors to pay for his childcare arrangements. It follows allegations that Conservative donors secretly funded his flat renovation. A spokesman for Johnson refused to deny the reports on Tuesday. See more stories on Insider's business page. Boris Johnson has refused to deny asking Cons...
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Scandal upon scandal: the charge sheet that should have felled Johnson years ago | Jonathan Freedland

This is about so much more than wallpaper. A pattern of lying, betrayal and callousness is ruining livesYes, it’s a real scandal. Despite the apparent absurdity of a Westminster village obsessing over soft furnishings and the precise class connotations of the John Lewis brand, there is a hard offence underneath all those cushions and throws. By refusing to tell us who first paid for the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat, Boris Johnson is denying us – his boss – the right to know who he ow...
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‘A farrago of nonsense’: Boris Johnson dismisses flat refurbishment row

Prime minister says there is nothing in allegations to worry about – and he ‘loves’ John LewisBoris Johnson has said there is not “anything to see here” after the Electoral Commission launched an investigation into the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat.He called the row over allegations that he solicited donations to cover £58,000 worth of works to his flat at the behest of his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, a “farrago of nonsense”. Continue reading...
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The Papers: 'Boris painted into corner' and how to get 'fancy wallpaper'

The papers report the Electoral Commission's probe into funding the refurbishment of the PM's flat.
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‘Interior resign’: what the papers say about the cash for curtains row

The Electoral Commission inquiry into funding for No 10 refurbishment fills the front pagesDramatic scenes in Westminster and the Electoral Commission inquiry into the refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s flat fill the front pages of many British newspapers.The Guardian leads on the PM’s “fury” over the inquiry into what has become known as the “cash for curtains” affair. With sweeping powers to call witnesses and refer matters to the police, it reports the watchdog saying the investigation was nece...
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The Papers: 'Boris painted into corner' and how to get 'fancy wallpaper'

The papers report the Electoral Commission's probe into funding the refurbishment of the PM's flat.
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Boris Johnson furious as inquiry launched into ‘cash for curtains’

Electoral Commission believes there are ‘reasonable grounds’ to suspect offences around renovation of 11 Downing StreetThe Electoral Commission has launched an inquiry that has the potential to imperil Boris Johnson’s premiership as the “cash for curtains” row increasingly engulfed the prime minister.With sweeping powers to call witnesses and refer matters to the police, the watchdog said its probe was necessary because it already believed there were “reasonable grounds” to suspect that payments...
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Watchdog to investigate UK PM's flat renovations

The Electoral Commission says there are "reasonable grounds to suspect an offence" may have occurred.
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How much trouble is Boris Johnson in? Maybe quite a lot

Analysis: A ‘Kevin Keegan’ moment, long inquiries and ill-advised comments about furnishings could be a dangerous cocktailInside Keir Starmer’s office, jubilant aides described Boris Johnson’s rant at prime minister’s questions as his “Kevin Keegan moment” – when the drip-drip of sleaze stories seemed to have finally rattled him.The timing could not have been better for the Labour leader. The Electoral Commission opened its formal investigation, into whether the Conservative party broke electora...
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U.K. PM Boris Johnson faces probe over funding of apartment renovation

Britain's Electoral Commission has opened an investigation into the financing of the refurbishment of British Prime Minister Boris...
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Boris Johnson Under Investigation Over Flat Renovation

Britain’s Electoral Commission said it was opening an investigation into whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson used political donations...
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Apartment Probe Is a Matter for Conservative Party, Says UK PM's Press Secretary

LONDON (Reuters) - An investigation into the financing of the refurbishment of Boris Johnson's Downing Street flat by the Electoral Commission is a...
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Keir Starmer attacks ‘Major Sleaze’ Boris Johnson over ‘cash for curtains’ row

Labour leader’s attack on PM came an hour after Electoral Commission launched inquiry into No 11 refurbishmentA furious Boris Johnson tried to fight off allegations he broke donation reporting rules, as Sir Keir Starmer branded him “Major Sleaze” in the “cash for curtains” row increasingly engulfing the prime minister.An hour after the Electoral Commission launched an investigation and said there were “reasonable grounds” to suspect payments for renovations to Johnson’s Downing Street flat could...
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Electoral Commission to investigate Boris Johnson's Downing Street flat renovations

The Electoral Commission says there are "reasonable grounds to suspect an offence" may have occurred.
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Boris Johnson's secretive funding of his luxury Downing Street flat refurbishment under investigation by the Electoral Commission

Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds. Getty Boris Johnson's lavish Downing Street flat refurbishment is under investigation by the Electoral Commission. They say there are "reasonable grounds" to suspect an offence has been committed. The refurbishment was allegedly secretly funded by Conservative Party donors but not declared by the Prime Minister. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Electoral Commission has opened a formal investigation into the funding of Boris Johnson&...
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Boris Johnson denies any offence after Electoral Commission announces investigation into flat refurb - live

Latest updates: PM questioned by Labour leader after commission spokesman says ‘reasonable grounds to suspect an offence may have occurred’Electoral Commission launches inquiry into Boris Johnson flat refurbPM must ‘come clean’ about flat refurb, says LabourQ&A: the issues at the heart of Tory sleaze rowSenior Tories urge Johnson to come clean about flat makeoverLord Brownlow, the man who helped pay for Downing Street refurb 12.23pm BST Duncan Baker (Con) says he is probably the only former ...
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UK Watchdog Steps up Probe Into Johnson's Apartment Refurb

Britain’s Electoral Commission is launching a formal investigation of the refurbishment of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s apartment on Downing Street.
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Electoral Commission to investigate Boris Johnson's flat renovations

The Electoral Commission says there are "reasonable grounds to suspect an offence".
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Tory sleaze row: Electoral Commission announces investigation into Johnson flat makeover – live

Latest updates: spokesman says ‘reasonable grounds to suspect an offence may have occurred’Electoral Commission launches inquiry into Boris Johnson flat refurbPM must ‘come clean’ about flat refurb, says LabourQ&A: the issues at the heart of Tory sleaze rowSenior Tories urge Johnson to come clean about flat makeoverLord Brownlow, the man who helped pay for Downing Street refurb 11.18am BST The Labour peer Stewart Wood argues the Electoral Commission announcement could paradoxically help Bori...
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Labour calls for Electoral Commission inquiry into PM’s flat refurbishment

Party says Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings must be summoned to give evidence on how works were paid for The Electoral Commission must legally summon Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings and Conservative officials to give evidence on how the prime minister paid for refurbishments to his Downing Street flat, Labour has said.Calling on the commission to launch a formal investigation, lawyers for the party said the matter was “incontrovertibly in the public interest”. Continue reading...
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Election watchdog contacts Conservatives over revamp of Downing Street flat

Electoral Commission wants to find out whether payment relating to renovation should have been declared The official elections watchdog has contacted the Tory party over a reported payment made for the refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat, it has been disclosed.The Electoral Commission said it was in touch to establish whether any sums relating to the renovation works should have been declared under the law on party political donations. Continue reading...
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Election watchdog contacts Tory party over revamp of Downing Street flat

Electoral Commission wants to find out whether payment relating to renovation should have been declared The official elections watchdog has contacted the Tory party over a reported payment made for the refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat, it has been disclosed.The Electoral Commission said it was in touch to establish whether any sums relating to the renovation works should have been declared under the law on party political donations. Continue reading...
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Neil McEvoy's party Propel registered by Electoral Commission

Electoral Commission approves name for new party, led by Senedd member expelled from Plaid in 2018.
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A Labour Party group with links to Keir Starmer is being investigated for failing to declare financial backers

Labour Party leader Keir Starmer Getty EXCLUSIVE: Labour Together is under investigation by the Electoral Commission for alleged breaches of electoral law. The group allegedly failed to declare hundreds of thousands of pounds of donations within the time required by law. The group is led by senior figures in Keir Starmer's Labour party, including the Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy. Its former managing director is now Starmer's chief of staff. Visit the Business section of Insider for ...
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Australian political parties declare record taxpayer funding, including $300,000 in jobkeeper

Coalition and Labor financial disclosures reveal $2.4m in finance department grants, as well as Covid payments and other public fundingMajor parties banked a record amount of taxpayer funding in 2019-20 including $2.4m in grants from the finance department and at least $300,000 in jobkeeper payments and the cashflow boost tax concession, according to their financial disclosures.The 2019-20 disclosures to the Australian Electoral Commission, released on Monday, reveal the importance of public fun...
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Uganda's president wins decisive election, as Bobi Wine alleges fraud

Opposition candidate urges citizens to reject result of ‘most fraudulent election in country’s history’Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has won a decisive re-election victory on Saturday, elections officials said, but his main rival Bobi Wine has alleged widespread fraud and said citizens should reject the result.Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.6%, while main opposition candidate Wine had 3.48 million votes (34.8%), the Electoral Commission said at a news conference on the final results ...
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GOP senator from Oklahoma apologizes to his Black constituents for casting doubt on the integrity of election results and sparking 'a firestorm of suspicion'

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., attends during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing titled Threats to the Homeland, in Dirksen Senate Office Building on Thursday, September 24, 2020. Tom Williams - Pool/Getty Images Sen. James Lankford, a Republican from Oklahoma, wrote an apology letter to his Black constituents on Thursday for originally planning to vote to object to slates of presidential electors in Congress.  Lankford was part of a group of GOP senator...
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Neil McEvoy's party rejected ahead of Senedd elections

The Electoral Commission says the name is "confusingly similar to another already registered party".
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