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Prime Minister ‘kept chief of staff in the dark’ on Downing Street renovation

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Simon Case only learned of the plans at the end of February, after an article was published about the Prime Minister’s difficulty in funding the renovation, the Times reported.

Mr Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings said last month he told the Prime Minister his plans “almost certainly break the rules” on the disclosure of donations.

The Election Commission opened an investigation

A Cabinet Office spokesperson confirmed that the official was not told about the plan until newspapers found out.

Case is in the process of reviewing the arrangements. It will feed into another review by Lord Geidt, the independent adviser on ministers’ interests.

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