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 […]

Confronted with a leaked City Hall paper revealing his plans for swingeing cuts to spending on education and youth groups, the reaction of Boris Johnson to Assembly member Andrew Dismore is nothing short of extraordinary: Dismore: Will you say here and now that you’ll not impose 90% cuts? … Boris: We have done more for young people […]

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 says he’ll run for Westminster in 2015 general election Under pressure over prospect of two jobs: London Mayor and MP In his last year as an MP made £340-405k ‘on the side’ Image: Beau Bo D’Or With Conservative Association chairmen falling over themselves at the prospect of Boris Johnson as their MP, perhaps it’s worth […]

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 […]