A fixer at the centre of a controversial £1bn property deal overseen by Boris Johnson was accorded elite-level donor status by the Conservative Party — and invited to attend “Leaders’ Group” dinners with top Tories, according to transparency registers. Businesswoman Xuelin Black (now Lady Xuelin Bates) acted as an adviser to Chinese developers ABP. With the company revealed […]

With Boris Johnson set to face a vote of Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservative members in his bid to get back to the Commons this evening, the venue for the selection meeting is Ruislip High School — aka known as the filming location for ‘Rudge Park Comprehensive’ from TV comedy The Inbetweeners. Despite the expectation management and a […]

Boris Johnson is asked a question about the Tories’ vetting of Russian donors on LBC — and immediately opens up another can of worms: “We’ve done, obviously we are relying heavily on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office because they are leading on this and I’ve had absolutely categorical assurances “I think I’ve met this gentleman’s […]

A report from the Airports Commission placing a £2bn price tag on moving wildlife habitats for a Thames Estuary airport should surely be the last nail in the coffin for the proposal — dubbed ‘Boris Island’ owing to its support from the London mayor. But the message seems not to have got through at City […]