A leaked copy of the bill for refurbishments at Boris Johnson’s Downing Street flat reveals the cost of the so-called Wallpapergate scandal of over £200,000.
Items on the itinerary include the infamous ‘handmade’ gold wallpaper, said to have cost £2,250 in total.
The Prime Minister and his wife Carrie Johnson also spent £500 on a tablecloth, £3,675 on a drinks trolley, £7,000 on a rug and more than £15,000 on two sofas.
A further £3,000 was spent on a “colour effect” for the hallway of Flat No11 – amid claims Mr Johnson privately told helpers the refurbishment was “out of hand”.
Construction work on the property, including painting, decorating, sanding the floorboards and new furniture, added £30,000 to the total bill of £208,104, according to the Independent.
The renovation is believed to have been inspired by Mrs Johnson’s desire to clean up the “John Lewis furniture nightmare” left behind by her husband’s predecessor, Theresa May.
The bill was sent to the Cabinet Office in 2020, which will allocate an annual allowance of £30,000 to refurbish the Prime Minister’s living quarters.
Downing Street said at the time the extra costs had been borne by Mr Johnson personally and insisted Conservative Party funds had not been used.
However, it later emerged that more than £50,000 of the bill had been funded by Tory donor Lord Brownlow.
The PM ended up paying all the expenses himself, including those paid by the 57-year-old colleague.
Although the scandal was dubbed Wallpapergate, the upholstery bill was far higher, with more than £21,000 spent on upholstery and curtains, according to the bill.
The document, sent by Soane Britain to interior designer Lulu Lytle, shows 10 rolls of Espalier Square Wallpaper, each worth £225, were purchased for the entrance hall of the flat.
A further 15 rolls of wallpaper were purchased for the kitchen at £55 each.
Among the other extravagant purchases were eight upholstered dining chairs, each costing £1,410 – which added up to £11,280.
A living room lamp cost £6,000 – with an additional £2,500 spent on the lampshade.
Meanwhile, an antique chair was priced at £4,200, while a hanging lamp in the entrance hall cost £4,465.
Mr Johnson apologized in January for failing to disclose messages between himself and Lord Brownlow to Whitehall Ethics Adviser Lord Geidt – who resigned in June after expressing his “frustration” with the partygate.
Wallpapergate is just one of a series of scandals that ravaged Downing Street and set in motion Mr Johnson’s ouster as he was dramatically forced to resign yesterday when nearly 60 MPs turned against him in a brutal rebellion.
The Johnsons’ lavish spending has sparked fury as millions have been forced to choose between heating and eating out during the cost-of-living crisis.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Downing Street for further comments.
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