Boris Johnson is spending taxpayers’ cash on new furniture for Downing Street after telling civil servants he ‘didn’t have any stuff’, according to reports.
The shameless Tory is widely tipped to become Prime Minister this week after the Conservative leadership election finishes.
He has allegedly told Downing Street officials he will need a new bed – among other items – for the PM’s official flat.
It is thought most of his furniture is still in the hands of estranged wife Marina Wheeler at their former marital home.
And new girlfriend Carrie Symonds isn’t allowing any of her furniture to go to Downing Street – including the wine-stained sofa that was at the centre of their recent domestic dispute.
A Downing Street source told the Mail on Sunday about Mr Johnson’s furniture requests: “We were very surprised as he is not exactly a poor man, is he? His bill is quite toppy.”
But a source close to Mr Johnson hit back, saying the claims were “nonsense” and that he would be taking his own items to Number 10.
The source said: “If he is successful in the race, he will bring his own furniture. He has not requested any furniture.” But the allegations have sparked anger.
Mr Johnson, who has pocketed over £830,000 since resigning as Foreign Secretary a year ago, faced demands to reveal how much of taxpayers’ money had been spent.
Former Liberal Democrat Cabinet Minister Sir Ed Davey said he will write to the Cabinet Office to demand to know how much had been spent on Mr Johnson’s furniture.
He said: “I’ve heard of sofa government but this is ridiculous – he earns a fortune and should be able to afford his own furniture.
” Theresa May did and she has never earned anything like as much as Boris Johnson . Rather than wine stains, he should be worried about the stain he is making on British politics.”
Mrs May is thought to have largely furnished the flat with her own possessions, which have already largely already been moved back to her constituency home in Maidenhead, Berkshire.
She will visit the Queen to formally resign following Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.
Mrs May will recommend the monarch appoints the winner of the Conservative leadership race as her next PM.
Mr Johnson, who is expected to beat rival Jeremy Hunt when the victor is announced on Tuesday, will then travel to the Palace to accept the Queen’s invitation to form a Government.
It has been reported that Ms Symonds, 31, is expected to move into Number 10 with Mr Johnson if he becomes PM.
A source told The Sun on Saturday: “They’ve been living together a while and have agreed it will carry on if he wins on Tuesday.”
But the Mail on Sunday understood that Ms Symonds is not due to join Mr Johnson at the outset – and some others suggested they had already separated.
If they were to move in together, they would be the first unmarried couple to officially live in Number 10.
A Downing Street spokesman declined to comment.