Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted that he “loves John Lewis” after facing a widespread backlash on social media and probe into the controversial refurbishment.
Reports continued to circle this morning surrounding the lavish redecoration of Johnson’s 11 Downing Street flat, which some reports suggest cost over £200,000.
While the Electoral Commission is focusing on how Johnson paid for the refurbishment, stating there was “reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence or offences may have occurred”, social media continued to focus on the PM’s comments regarding John Lewis.
— Michael Fabricant 🇬🇧 (@Mike_Fabricant) April 30, 2021
According to a Tatler article on Johnson’s fiancé Carrie Symonds, the pair were desperate to redesign the flat to get rid of the “John Lewis furniture nightmare” left over by Theresa May.
When asked about the comments during a visit to King Solomon Acadamy yesterday, Johnson said: “The one thing I object to in this whole farrago of nonsense is I love John Lewis.”
He said that he did not believe there was “anything to see here” when asked about the upcoming investigation into funding, adding: “What we are doing is focusing on the stuff that really matters.”
Labour leader Kier Starmer joined John Lewis in mocking the Prime Minister yesterday as photos emerged of him browsing the wallpaper section of John Lewis.
kier starmer looking at wallpaper in john lewis is honestly top tier trolling and im here for it pic.twitter.com/EzyRomfbsf
— abbey🐝 here for the cult stuff 💙🇪🇺 (@abbzeh) April 29, 2021
According to reports on the refurbishment, rolls of golden wallpaper costing up to £840 a sheet were used in the redecoration.
In a Twitter post yesterday the department store’s PR team said they prided themselves on having something for *almost* anyone.
They later posted a picture of a John Lewis truck outside Downing Street stating: “Good things we have a recycling service for old pre-loved furniture”.