Liz Truss ‘painted over’ Boris Johnson’s £840-a-roll No 10 gold wallpaper, says Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt quipped that Liz Truss “painted over” Boris Johnson’s disputed Downing Street wallpaper as he used an acceptance speech to joke about both former prime ministers.

The Chancellor said he and his family “wanted to see the wallpaper” at Number 11 before moving into their new flat this weekend.

Mr Johnson and his wife Carrie reportedly put up £840-a-roll gold wallpaper as part of a £200,000 refurbishment.

In a speech at The Spectator’s Parliamentarian awards, where he won survivor of the year, he continued: “The massive disappointment was to discover that that wallpaper had started to peel off of its own accord and had actually been painted over by Liz Truss.

“So I will be saying to my children: scratch over there, there’s gold in them walls.”

Wallpaper row revisited

His comments sparked an unlikely row over the renovation, as supporters of Ms Truss told The Times she did not even get round to any decorations in Downing Street during her fateful 49 days in power.

However, others who worked on the campaign insisted she had repainted the walls of the flat, while there were separate claims there was not even any gold wallpaper in the first place.

Whatever it did or did not look like, Mr and Mrs Johnson’s Downing Street redecoration was carried out by Lulu Lytle, an eco-designer who said she hated “every minute” of the surrounding row.

The refurbishment was the source of scandal when it was initially paid for by Lord Brownlow, a Tory donor. Mr Johnson was cleared by his former ethics adviser when he repaid the money, while his party was fined for failing to properly declare the donation.

At the same awards ceremony, Sir Keir Starmer won the coveted politician of the year award, with the Labor leader riffing on previous criticisms of him that have appeared in the pages of The Spectator over the years.

But some of the most eye-catching comments on the night were those of Theresa May, who fittingly picked up the speech of the year title.


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