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Watchdog looks into £220,000 public funding for Johnson Partygate defence

Exclusive: Director at NAO, which hasn’t launched a formal inquiry, plans to speak to Cabinet Office about legal costs over former PM’s denials in Commons

Officials at the government’s spending watchdog are examining the controversial decision to provide £220,000 of taxpayers’ money to fund Boris Johnson’s legal defence for the inquiry into his Partygate denials.

The National Audit Office (NAO) has yet to decide whether to mount a formal investigation, but one of its directors is planning to speak to the Cabinet Office about it.

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