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Boris Johnson news – live: No10 denies PM broke rules over Dyson lobbying texts as Starmer attacks ‘sleaze’

Liam James
·1-min read
 (Parliament Live)
(Parliament Live)

Downing Street has denied that Boris Johnson broke Whitehall rules in private texts with business tycoon James Dyson, as Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused his government of “sleaze, sleaze, sleaze”.

The prime minister reportedly said he would “fix” a problem the Singapore-based businessman faced with UK taxes when asked to supply ventilators to the NHS at the height of the first wave of coronavirus.

Labour described the disclosures as "jaw-dropping" and said Mr Johnson must now agree to a full, independent inquiry into lobbying.

Meanwhile, a poll held ahead of the centenary of Northern Ireland’s formation suggested the region would vote to stay in the UK if a referendum were held today. However a majority said they believed Northern Ireland would leave within 25 years.