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Boris Johnson took £10,000 home from Tory donor’s wife | Boris Johnson


Boris Johnson has accepted free accommodation worth £10,000 from the wife of the main Tory donor who hosted his wedding party this summer, we have learned.

The updated register of MPs’ interests shows the former Prime Minister accepted a gift of £10,000 from Lady Carole Bamford, for the ‘free use of accommodation for me and my family in September’.

Lord Anthony Bamford, a pro-Brexit Tory peer who is chairman of construction equipment maker JCB, has been a major Tory donor for decades. The billionaire entrepreneur, who backed Johnson’s successful leadership bid in 2019, has given more than £10million in donations and gifts to the party since 2001.

The latest MPs Interest Data Register released this week shows Liz Truss also accepted an £8,000 donation from Bamford, to cover ‘transportation’ during her leadership campaign.

It comes after the register showed the Prime Minister had received more than £500,000 for his leadership campaign. About half of that came from donors linked to hedge fund bosses, venture capitalists and other city financiers.

Boris Johnson poses with his wife, Carrie, in the garden of 10 Downing Street after their wedding at Westminster Cathedral in May 2021
Boris Johnson poses with his wife, Carrie, in the garden of 10 Downing Street after their wedding at Westminster Cathedral in May 2021. Photography: Downing Street/Getty Images

In July, Bamford hosted Boris and Carrie Johnson as they celebrated their wedding, which took place during lockdown in the grounds of his 18th century mansion, Daylesford House, in the Cotswolds. Johnson had backed out of hosting the celebration at the Prime Minister’s official country residence, Checkers in Buckinghamshire. The “festival-esque” celebration reportedly included a steel band, rum punch, Abba songs and a conga.

An earlier register of MPs’ financial interests showed JCB paid Johnson £10,000 three days before he delivered a speech at his headquarters in January 2019 in which he repeatedly praised the company’s business acumen and innovation . The speech in Staffordshire focused mainly on Brexit, but mentioned JCB several times, noting at the start how the company had sold nearly 750,000 units of a model excavator.

He smashed a backhoe displaying the slogan ‘Get Brexit Done’ through a faux brick wall marked ‘Gridlock’ during a visit to a JCB factory in a stunt during the 2019 general election campaign.

In 2022, Johnson faced backlash after using a visit to India to once again hail JCB’s success in using its machines in mass home demolitions.

Amid a fierce row over the demolition of mainly Muslim settlements in an area of ​​Delhi hit by communal violence, television footage showed JCB bulldozers being used to level properties.

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