Boris Johnson embroiled in fresh row over finances amid Tory leadership comeback plan

Boris Johnson has been urged to come clean about his financial affairs and end his Conservative leadership ambitions, as the former prime minister became embroiled in a fresh

row over money. The prime minister is thought to have secured an £800,000 line of credit while he was at No 10, backed by a millionaire relative who was suggested for a top

role at a quango. Canadian businessman Sam Blyth agreed to guarantee the huge credit facility for his distant cousin in December 2020 before it was taken out in February

2021, a newspaper report claimed. Labour condemned the lack of transparency around the “alleged murky financial arrangements”, calling on No 10 to come clean about who

exactly Mr Johnson had received money and other benefits from when he was PM. Tory MPs said the latest questions about Mr Johnson’s finances, coming soon after damning new

Partygate claims, showed exactly why he was not a “suitable character” to be prime minister. Asked about the huge £800,000 line of credit, former Tory minister Caroline

Nokes said there was no way he could return. “Boris was a particular politician for a particular time … but now is not his time. We need sensible, grown-up politicians,” she told

BBC’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. “It should help kill off any chance he has of coming back,” one backbencher told The Independent. “He wasn’t a suitable character to be

PM. The stories about Partygate and his finances would keep on coming if he tried to come back.” Another Sunak-backing Tory MP said the huge line of credit Mr Johnson was

given at No 10 “reminds us why so many people had concerns about him as leader”.