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‘Nothing untoward’ in Johnson’s ‘great exhibition’ texts, says minister

Asked if PM’s exchange with Tory donor amounted to corruption, Paul Scully says ‘ministers get proposals all the time’

There was “nothing untoward” in the prime minister discussing a proposed “great exhibition” with a Conservative donor who was helping to fund his Downing Street flat refurbishment, a minister has argued.

WhatsApp messages released on Thursday showed that Boris Johnson discussed the proposal with Lord Brownlow at the same time as requesting his help with the £112,000 revamp of his official residence at No 11, with the conversation leading to a meeting between the peer and the then culture secretary, Oliver Dowden.

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