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

The incredibly expensive ‘gold’ wallpaper that Boris Johnson used in the infamous makeover of his Downing Street flat when he was prime minister is already peeling, says Jeremy Hunt.

Johnson made headlines last April when it emerged that he and his wife Carrie had spent tens of thousands of pounds on a luxurious redevelopment of their flat at 11 Downing Street.

It later emerged that the work, inspired by high-end interior designer Lulu Lytle, was partly paid for by Lord Brownlow, a member of the Conservative Party, prompting claims that Mr Johnson had broken spending rules, although he was eventually cleared by an “independent” adviser .

The “handmade” wallpaper was reported to cost a staggering £840 per role. But it seems that the wallpaper was stylish and devoid of substance.

Now the chancellor has revealed that it has already started to “peel off”. Mr Hunt took over as Treasurer after Mr Johnson was replaced by Liz Truss, who herself was replaced by Rishi Sunak, the current Prime Minister.

“We’re moving in just like we’re doing this weekend,” recalled Mr. Hunt in a speech last night Spectator magazine parliamentary awards.

“By then I was wearing one or two other things. However, we went in to look around the apartment first and, of course, where did we want to go first? We wanted to go and see the wallpaper.”

He added: “It was a huge disappointment to discover that this wallpaper – perhaps a worldwide exclusive – started peeling off on its own and was actually painted over by Liz Truss. So I will tell my children: scratch there, there is gold in these walls.’”

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

(PA wire)

Mr Hunt became Britain’s fourth chancellor this year when he placed Nadhim Zahawi, who had served the shortest time in history, in 11th place when he was appointed by Mr Johnson after the collapse of his government.

Upon becoming prime minister, Truss appointed Kwasi Kwarteng as his chancellor, but fired him just weeks later after the disastrous September mini-budget.

Ms Truss appointed Mr Hunt to replace him in the final days of her prime ministership as she tried unsuccessfully to hold on to power.

Mr Hunt kept his job as Mr Sunak replaced Ms Truss – winning the ‘Survivor of the Year’ award at The Spectator’s annual parliamentary awards on Wednesday night.

After losing his party’s summer leadership contest, Sunak won ‘Back of the Year’ and Labor Party’s Rachel Reeves won ‘Chancellor of the Year’.


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