Boris and Carrie Johnson ‘are planning to host wedding party at Cotswolds country house owned by Conservative Party donor’
- The Johnsons are reportedly holding wedding party at Daylesford House
- The Grade I listed building is owned by JCB chairman Lord Bamford
- Lord Bamford’s family has given more than £4m to the Conservatives
Boris and Carrie Johnson are reportedly planning to hold their wedding party at a Conservative Party donor’s country house.
The Prime Minister and his wife are understood to be marking the occasion this weekend at Daylesford House, a Grade I listed building in the Cotswolds, owned by JCB chairman Lord Bamford.
It is understood that a marquee has been organised, according to The Mirror.
Lord Bamford’s family has given more than £4million to the Conservatives in recent years, including donations worth £160,000 in 2019.
Downing Street said: ‘We do not comment on speculation regarding private or family matters which do not involve any ministerial declarations or taxpayer funds.’
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds in the garden of 10 Downing Street after their secret wedding last year
The Prime Minister and his wife are reportedly planning to hold their wedding party at Daylesford House (pictured), a Grade I listed building in the Cotswolds
The Johnsons reportedly planned a big bash at the Prime Minister’s grace-and-favour country home of Chequers at the end of July to mark their marriage last year.
The couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in front of just a handful of guests in May.
The 30 guests were invited at the last minute, with only a few church officials involved in the preparations for the service
But a source said that they were looking at other venues, insisting: ‘Nothing had been 100 per cent firmed up’.
The PM’s spokesman later confirmed that there would be no party at Chequers, adding: ‘As you’ll know, taxpayers don’t cover prime ministers’ personal expenditure’.
Lord Bamford, 76, is one of Britain’s most successful industrialists and his fortune has been estimated at £4.6billion.
Johnson (left) with Lord Bamford, chairman of JCB, at the new JCB Factory in Vadodara, Gujarat
Sources had claimed the event was going to be at Chequers (above), but No 10 sources confirmed it would be elsewhere
His wife, Lady Carole Bamford OBE, became famous for launching Daylesford Organic Farm, based in the private village but with farm shops across London.
Lord Bamford was a strong supporter of Brexit and helped fund the Vote Leave campaign during the EU referendum campaign.
He and his family topped the list of Tory donors in 2017 by giving £2.5million to the party personally and through their firms.
How Boris and Carrie planned to build a £150,000 treehouse for Wilf and hoped to host summer BBQs at Chequers – which they ‘use more than recent PMs’ DESPITE ‘falling out with staff’
Chequers, bequeathed to the nation in 1917 by Lord and Lady Lee of Fareham, is part-funded with a grant from the Cabinet Office
Chequers, bequeathed to the nation in 1917 by Lord and Lady Lee of Fareham, is part-funded with a grant from the Cabinet Office.
Lord and Lady Lee wanted the 16th century, 1,000-acre estate to be a ‘place of rest and recreation for Prime Ministers’ to help them cope with the pressures of government.
The grant was around £690,000 a year under Mr Cameron, but has now risen to £916,000 under Mr Johnson.
One source previously acknowledged that the Johnsons ‘use Chequers more’ than recent PMs, and the costs are higher as a result.
In May, it was claimed the head housekeeper at the PM’s Chequers residence quit after clashing with Carrie.
Charlotte Vine MBE reportedly left with a payoff in 2020 after signing a non-disclosure agreement.
According to the Times, the departure came after tensions with the premier’s wife. However, a spokeswoman for Mrs Johnson insisted that there was no dispute.
Ms Vine is said to have first worked at the 16th-century Buckinghamshire manor house in 2004.
She left to join the household at another ministerial residence, Dorneywood, before returning to the top job at Chequers.
The Times said Ms Vine faced disciplinary action over ‘inappropriate handling of a personal item’ belonging to Mr Johnson, but this was later dropped and she left with a pay-off in January 2020.
A source told the newspaper that the friction with Mrs Johnson began soon after they began using the residence.
‘Carrie took something Charlotte said completely the wrong way. It started over a catering matter. It led to Carrie refusing to go to Chequers when Charlotte was there.’
A spokeswoman for the PM’s wife told MailOnline: ‘It is untrue to suggest there was a personal dispute between Mrs Johnson and the head housekeeper.
‘Nor was there any request from Mrs Johnson for staffing changes.’
There are also claims that there has been a reduction in the number of staff introduced by David Cameron during the coalition’s austerity drive.
Four more workers are said to have been added since Mr Johnson became PM.
Meanwhile it also emerged last month that emerged Mr Johnson planned a £150,000 treehouse in the grounds of Chequers for his two-year-old son Wilf but abandoned the idea after police raised security concerns.
The Prime Minister and his wife Carrie Johnson wanted to build the structure, which included bulletproof glass, in 2020. According to The Times, there were discussions about having Tory donor Lord Brownlow pay for the project.
Asked if a penny of taxpayer or donor money was spent on plans to build a Chequers treehouse, the PM said: ‘I’m not going to comment on non-existent objects or non-existent jobs to do with my family.’
Meanwhile insiders told only last month how Mr Johnson planned to host a series of ‘barbecues and drinks’ at Chequers for party loyalists to shore up support this summer.
Several barbecues were lined up at the Prime Minister’s grace-and-favour residence as a reward for loyal supporters.
Insiders said the invitation list has been drawn up specifically to include MPs who publicly said they would vote for the Prime Minister in a confidence vote.
Mr Johnson’s ‘summer sausage offensive’ was planned as several events in the second half of July, insiders said.
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