Boris Johnson saves £24,000 gift from Tory donor for wedding party

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has recorded a donation of nearly £24,000 covering aspects of his wedding party including flowers, a South African BBQ and an ice cream van.

Records released on Thursday showed Lord Anthony and Lady Carole Bamford had banked money to also cover marquee hire, gates, catering and wait staff.

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Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson with JCB Chairman Lord Bamford (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Lord Bamford, a major Tory donor and chairman of construction equipment manufacturer JCB, hosted the party for the then Prime Minister and his wife Carrie on July 30.

The Johnsons were joined by family and friends at the 18th century Daylesford House in the Cotswolds to celebrate after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to cut back on their wedding day.

The £23,853 donation detailed in the latest register of MPs’ financial interests showed the party included a braai, a type of South African barbecue.

Mr Johnson has repeatedly benefited from donations from Lord Bamford, the Tory billionaire peer backing the MP’s 2019 bid to become Tory leader.

The ex-Prime Minister was touring JCB factories as the media watched, including a factory in India and a factory in Staffordshire where he used a shovel to knock down a wall in a stunt to demonstrate he could ‘move the Brexit”.

Lord Bamford’s wife, Lady Carole Bamford, set up the upscale Daylesford Organic Farm, with a chain of shops selling her produce across London.