LONDON – ‘Cash for favours’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is facing a ‘cash for favours’ row after Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick revealed that he had exchanged a series of text messages with a controversial businessman seeking planning approval for a multi-million housing development project.

Labour has accused Jenrick of taking ‘cash for favours’ by approving a social housing development on the site of the former Westferry Print Works in east London backed by media mogul Richard Desmond.

Complicating matters further is the fact that Desmond donated £12,000 to the Conservative Party 12 days after the minister overruled government planning inspectors to approve the development, in January, a decision which saved Desmond over £40m. Johnson insists that Jenrick will not resign. (Benjamin Fox |

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