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Jeremy Hunt says Boris Johnson’s £840-a-roll ‘gold’ wallpaper already peeling

The attention-wateringly costly ‘gold’ wallpaper utilized by Boris Johnson in an notorious makeover of his Downing Street flat when he was prime minister is already peeling off, says Jeremy Hunt.

Mr Johnson hit the headlines in April final yr when it emerged that he and his spouse Carrie spent tens of hundreds of kilos on a luxurious revamp of the flat above No 11 Downing Avenue.

It later got here to gentle that the work, impressed by upmarket inside eco designer Lulu Lytle, had been paid partly by Lord Brownlow, a Conservative Party peer, sparking claims that Mr Johnson broke spending guidelines, though he was ultimately cleared by his “unbiased” adviser.

In line with experiences, the “handcrafted” wallpaper value a staggering £840 per roll. However it appears the wallpaper was all model and no substance.

Now, the chancellor has revealed that it had already began to “peel off”. Mr Hunt took up the Treasury temporary and residence after Mr Johnson was changed by Liz Truss, who has herself changed by Rishi Sunak, the present PM.

“We’re shifting in, because it occurs this weekend,” Mr Hunt recalled in a speech eventually evening’s The Spectator journal parliamentary awards.

“I had one or two different issues on till then. We did go in although, simply to take a look across the flat first and, after all, the place did we need to go first? We wished to go and see the wallpaper”.

He added: “The huge disappointment was to find that that wallpaper – this can be a world unique – had began to peel off of its personal accord and had really been painted over by Liz Truss. So I might be saying to my kids: scratch over there, there’s gold in them partitions.’”

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt (Aaron Chown/PA)

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Mr Hunt grew to become the UK’s fourth chancellor this yr when he positioned Nadhim Zahawi, who served the shortest stint ever in No 11 when appointed by Mr Johnson as his authorities collapsed.

After changing into prime minister Mr Truss appointed Kwasi Kwarteng as her chancellor however sacked him just some weeks later following the fallout from September’s disastrous mini-Price range.

Ms Truss appointed Mr Hunt in his place within the dying days of her premiership as she unsuccessfully tried to cling to energy.

Mr Hunt saved his job when Mr Sunak changed Ms Truss – touchdown him the ‘Survivor of the Yr Award’ at The Spectator’s annual parliamentary awards on Wednesday evening.

After shedding his celebration’s summer time management contest, Mr Sunak received ‘Comeback of the Yr’ and Labour’s Rachel Reeves received the ‘Chancellor of the Yr’ gong.

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