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Downing Street: Dominic Raab defends Boris Johnson – but Douglas Ross says PM should step down if he broke ministerial code | Political news

The Prime Minister has been “perfectly clear” about funding the renovation of his Downing Street apartment, the Foreign Secretary told Sky News.

Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Dominic raab mentionned Boris Johnson had “covered the costs himself” and “followed all relevant codes of conduct”.

But another high-ranking Tory, the party leader in Scotland, said the PM would have to step down if found guilty of breaking the ministerial code.

When asked if Mr Johnson should step down if such a development came to pass, Douglas Ross told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “Of course I think people expect the highest standards from those who hold the highest office in the country. “

Lord Geidt, standards adviser, is looking into the matter and is expected to rule on whether the PM has broken the code.

But the code states that the PM is “the ultimate judge of the standards of behavior expected of a minister and the appropriate consequences of violating those standards.”

Mr Raab said the electorate and voters had “ultimate responsibility” over Mr Johnson.

Earlier this week, PM claimed there was “nothing to see here” as questions swirl about who paid for the renovations to her Downing Street apartment.

Mr Johnson has said on several occasions that he paid for the renovation of the private apartment above number 11.

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But he declined to answer if he paid the upfront cost or if a donor or the Conservative Party funded it and he refunded the amount.

Number 10 and the Conservative Party did not deny reports that Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) paid the Cabinet Office to cover …

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