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Boris Johnson was reportedly told to stop asking Richard Sharp for “advice” on his “personal financial matters.”
according to Sunday TimesOn 22 December 2020, then-Prime Minister Boris Johnson was warned by officials to stop discussing a financial arrangement with Mr Sharp, who was due to be announced as BBC chairman on 6 January 2021. .
The former banker could, in late 2020, be the guarantor of the prime minister’s line of credit with Mr Bryce, a distant cousin of Mr Johnson whom Mr Sharp has known for more than 40 years.
Mr Sharpe has previously said the BBC’s chairman will remain in office as he faces intense questioning by parliamentarians over the controversy.
A spokesperson for the former prime minister said Sharp “never gave financial advice to Boris Johnson, nor did Mr Johnson seek financial advice from him.”
“Neither Mr Johnson nor his representatives were aware that Sam Bryce was being considered for any role on the British Council, nor did Mr Johnson discuss any such role with Sam Bryce or anyone else. We never talked.
“Neither Mr. Johnson nor his representatives spoke publicly about Mr. Bryce with anyone at the FCDO.”
A spokeswoman said, “Throughout this process, as evidenced by materials obtained by The Sunday Times, Mr Johnson has followed advice and taken the necessary steps to ensure integrity. All declarations have been properly made. I did.”
Citing a leaked Cabinet Office memo, the newspaper said the advice was given by top civil servant Case after Mr Johnson and Mr Sharp sought advice on accepting an £800,000 loan from Mr Bryce. Stated.
Johnson reportedly secured the loan in February 2021.
The paper quoted Mr Case’s advice, saying: “Given the imminent announcement of Richard Sharp’s appointment as the new chairman of the BBC, it would be prudent not to seek his advice on personal financial matters. It’s important,” he said.
Commissioner William Shawcross, a civil servant, has already said he plans to investigate Mr Sharp’s appointment as BBC president following the first series of reports last week.
Mr Sharpe told BBC News last week that he was “happy” with the way the process was being conducted.
The paper also reports that Bryce was on a list of four candidates recommended by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while searching for the British Council’s chief executive.
Bryce denied himself on December 7, 2020 and told the paper that he did not formally apply.
“I believe my name may have been suggested by a civil servant who was trying to identify potential candidates during the search stage of the appointment process.
Liberal Democrat Chief of Staff Wendy Chamberlain called on the government to release Johnson’s internal earnings record.
“The public is fed up with these endless lies and conservative cover-ups. need to do it.”
Sharp said last week: The process was accurately tracked by the book, and no process of any kind had been initiated regarding the support that Sam (Bryce) was trying to provide to the Prime Minister.
“I explained to the Chief Cabinet Secretary and I agreed. We both decided that I had either avoided the conflict or avoided the perception of the conflict.”
A Cabinet Office spokesperson said, “We do not comment on leaks.”
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