Boris and Carrie Johnson are set to hold a wedding bash at the grand Cotswolds estate of a major Tory donor.
It comes as Boris Johnson’s plans to flood the House of Lords with dozens of cronies could “undermine public confidence in our parliamentary system”, the Lords Speaker has warned, reports The Mirror.
The outgoing Prime Minister and his wife will on Saturday host family and friends at 18th-century Daylesford House to celebrate last year’s nuptials.
The Grade I-listed mansion and its expansive grounds are owned by Lord Bamford, chairman of construction equipment manufacturer JCB, who has donated millions to the Conservatives.
A huge white marquee topped with bunting has been erected in the property’s landscaped grounds in Gloucestershire.
Staff were this week seen going in and out of the venue amid apparent party preparations.
Guests will be able to relax on hay bales and benches placed outside the tent and eat and drink at casks and small tables as they enjoy views across vast meadows and orchards.
Mr and Mrs Johnson had originally been planning to throw their wedding party at the Prime Minister’s official country residence, Chequers, in Buckinghamshire.
Those plans led to suggestions that Mr Johnson wanted to stay on as a caretaker prime minister in part to see this through, although this was denied by Downing Street.
They were said to have sent out save-the-date cards for a celebration on July 30, before deciding to change location.
The couple married in a low-key private ceremony at Westminster Cathedral last year, organised in secret, in front of a small group of family and friends.
This was followed by a reception in the gardens of 10 Downing Street with a limited number of guests due to coronavirus restrictions.
It was known Mr and Mrs Johnson planned to have a larger celebration this year after the restrictions had been relaxed.
Billionaire Lord Bamford is covering at least some of the cost of the party, the Mirror reported, quoting unnamed sources.
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It is not the first time Mr Johnson, who has been married twice before, has benefited from the JCB chairman’s backing.
The Tory peer supported his 2019 leadership bid, with Mr Johnson knocking down a wall with a JCB digger at the Staffordshire factory in a stunt to demonstrate he could “get Brexit done”.
Lord Bamford’s wife, Lady Carole Bamford, set up the upmarket Daylesford Organic Farm, with a chain of shops selling its produce across London.
Mr Johnson reportedly received food from the Daylesford farm shop worth an estimated £12,500 during the pandemic, though Downing Street said he paid for the cost of all food for “personal consumption”.
When asked about the wedding celebrations, No 10 declined to comment on the “private matter”.
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