Labor reports Boris Johnson to standards watchdog over ‘mig of abomination’ engulfing former prime minister

Labor has reported Boris Johnson to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

It comes after allegations by BBC chairman Richard Sharp who helped the former prime minister arrange a loan guarantee of up to £800,000 in the weeks before he was selected for his current job.

Anneliese Dodds, the leader of the Labor Party, wrote again to Daniel Greenberg CB expressing concerns about the alleged agreement and suggested it may have been in breach of the Code of Conduct for MPs.

Ms Dodds said: “This disgraced former prime minister’s financial affairs are becoming increasingly muddy, dragging the Conservative Party deeper into yet another quagmire.

“Serious questions need to be asked of Johnson: why was this money never pledged and what exactly did he promise to these very generous friends in return for such generous loans?”

The Sunday Times reported that Mr Sharp was involved in funding talks Mr. JohnsonDowning Street lifestyle in November and December 2020

Sam Blyth, a Canadian multi-millionaire and distant cousin of the former prime minister, is said to have raised the idea of ​​serving as Johnson’s guarantor and reportedly asked Mr Sharp for advice on the best solution.

The current BBC chairman agreed to help and shortly after introduced Mr Blyth to Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary and head of the civil service, the paper reported.

In a letter from Ms Dodds to Mr Greenberg, the Labor MP said the “lack of transparency” on the matter could “undermine the process of appointing the BBC chairman” – as the election was in the final stages on time.

The SNP also called for an independent investigation.

Kirsty Blackman, a spokeswoman for the SNP cabinet, said the existence of the facility and the appointment of Mr Sharp to the £160,000-a-year position of BBC chairman by Mr Johnson “reeks of Tory”.

“The UK government must set up an independent investigation to assess the circumstances of this loan, the appropriateness of the deal, the ethics of the appointment and whether Mr Johnson, the UK government or the chairman of the BBC has broken any rules,” she said. .

“Many people will have serious concerns about the existence of this loan, the circumstances in which it was arranged and the increasingly close relationship between the Tory government and senior management at the BBC. This murky arrangement smells like heaven.”

Responding to the report, Sharp told The Sunday Times: “There is no conflict when I simply connected, at his request, Mr Blyth to the Cabinet Secretary and had no further involvement.”

A spokesperson for the BBC said: “The BBC has no role in the selection of the chairman and any questions are a matter for the government.”

A spokesman for Mr Johnson told the newspaper: “This is nonsense. Richard Sharp never gave Boris Johnson any financial advice, nor did Mr Johnson seek any financial advice from him. Mr. Sharp never received any remuneration or compensation from Boris. Johnson for this or any other service.

“Mr Johnson did indeed have dinner with Mr Sharp, whom he has known for almost 20 years, and his cousin. And what? A big deal. All of Mr Johnson’s financial arrangements have been duly declared and recorded on the advice of officials.”

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