Boris Johson's position 'untenable' if he has broken ministerial code, warns ...

Boris Johson's position will be 'untenable' if he has broken ministerial code over 'wallpapergate', warns Gordon Brown as Dominic Cummings surfaces for the first time since revealing he told PM that No11 flat makeover plan might be illegal Gordon Brown has warned PM's position 'untenable' if broke ministerial code Boris Johnson has dismissed storm over 'wallpapergate' flat refurb allegations Dominic Cummings pictured for the first time since escalating row last month 

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 11:46 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 11:50 BST, 4 May 2021



Boris Johnson's position will be 'untenable' if he has broken the ministerial code over 'wallpapergate', Gordon Brown warned today.

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The Labour former PM waded into the row after ministers again refused to say whether Mr Johnson will quit if inquiries find he had breached conduct rules.

The premier has dismissed a backlash over the lavish refurbishment of his No11 flat, amid claims Tory donors initially paid for some of the work without any gifts being declared. 

Mr Johnson insists he had now footed the bill himself and voters view the allegations as 'trivia' - despite early signs that they are starting to take a toll on the Conservatives ahead of a crucial elections this week.

Meanwhile, Dominic Cummings has surfaced after dramatically escalating the situation last month. 

He revealed in a blog that he told the PM that 'donors secretly pay for the renovation were unethical, foolish, possibly illegal and almost certainly broke the rules on proper disclosure of political donations'.  

During an interview on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour today, Mr Brown said that 'clearly gifts have to be declared'.

'I think if he's (Boris Johnson) breached the ministerial code and he's told the House of Commons something that turns out not to be true, that becomes untenable,' he said.

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