Months after he left Downing Street amid a swirl of scandals, boris johnson once again became a point of contention.
What started as a story about a whopping £800,000 loan he struck with a distant relative turned into a crisis. bbc.
So what is the former prime minister accused of? Why is this important?
The Sunday Times first reported last week that Canadian education entrepreneur Sam Bryce had agreed to act as guarantor for an £800,000 line of credit under Johnson’s tenure as prime minister.
“The assurances provided were much less than reported and were pre-approved by the Cabinet Office and the Ethics Committee before implementation,” Blyth told Canada’s National Post.
A follow-up report in yesterday’s Sunday Times revealed that Richard Sharpe assistance arrangement Just weeks before he became chairman of the BBC.
The paper reported that Sharp, who has also donated £400,000 to the Conservative Party in the past, met with Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to discuss loan arrangements.
Before agreeing to the loan, Sharp also had dinner with Bryce and Johnson at Checkers, but all three denied discussing the then prime minister’s financial affairs.
In an email to BBC staff today, Sharpe said his role was only to “seek introductions from relevant government officials” for Bryce.
However, it admitted the matter was a “distraction” for the BBC and said he was taking his appointment as chairman to the company’s nominations committee.
What did Johnson say?
Unsurprisingly, Boris Johnson is attempting to march his way through the row with awe.
In his first public comments since the revelations, he said: “This is complete nonsense – absolutely nonsense.
“Let me tell you that Richard Sharp is a smart, nice guy, but he doesn’t know anything about my personal finances – I can tell you that with 100% certainty.
“This is just another example of the BBC losing its roots.”
The last comment suggests Johnson doesn’t fully understand the story, as it was broken by The Sunday Times, not the BBC.
what happened next
In further developments this afternoon, Public Appointments Commissioner William Shawcross will investigate the decision to make Sharpe the BBC chairman.
In a letter to shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell, he said: “The role of the Commissioner is to oversee the public appointments process and ensure that appointments are fair, open and merit-based.
“I intend to review this competition to reassure myself and the public that the process was conducted in accordance with the government’s governance guidelines for public appointments.”
Powell said: “The BBC Chairman No 10 and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport clearly have questions to answer.
“The inquiry is welcome news and should shed light on the appointment process and reassure the public.”
How bad is Rishi Sunak?
Sunak Johnson, who had promised to lead a government of “integrity, professionalism and accountability”, is no longer at the cabinet table, but headlines like this are bad news for the prime minister.
Meanwhile, Conservative Party chairman Nadhim Zahawi has been embroiled in Controversy over his tax affairsPM’s concern is it increases voter perception of Conservative Party dirty Their tenure is coming to an end.
The silver lining for Sunak, however, is that Richard Sharp’s story might give Conservative MPs hoping to meet Johnson pause for thought change him to number 10 before the next election.