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At the No 10 lobby briefing the prime minister’s spokesman was asked if he would retract a statement issued last month saying Conservative party funds were not being used to pay for any refurbishment of the Downing Street estate. (See 1.41pm.) In the light of reports (which have not been denied) saying the party paid £58,000 last summer to cover the costs, that statement is now seen as misleading. The spokesman essentially sidestepped the question.
But now No 10 has issued a statement effectively restating last month’s claim. A spokesperson said:
Any costs of wider refurbishment this year beyond those provided for by the annual allowance have been met by the prime minister personally. Conservative party funds are not being used for this.