Boris Johnson and the BBC chief are suspected of being involved in a conflict of interest scandal

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United Kingdom – The British Conservative government is currently under pressure after the appointment of Richard Sharpe – when he was Finance Minister – to head the influential BBC, British Public Television.

This former banker had, shortly before his appointment, played a matchmaker to help out Boris Johnson For a loan of more than 900 thousand euros.

Richard Sharpe has since asked the BBC to investigate his appointment to determine if there was a potential conflict of interest.

in detail, to me Sunday timesThe former banker was involved in setting up a guarantee for a loan for the former British Prime Minister amounting to 800 thousand pounds (910 thousand euros at the current rate), at the end of 2020. This was later accepted by Boris Johnson. Richard Sharpe recommended for the highest position at the BBC.

In a letter to BBC staff, Richard Sharp made some points surrounding his involvement in the loan.

Sam Blyth, the Canadian businessman is at the center of the case

It was confirmed at the time that he had introduced the Canadian millionaire businessman, Sam Blyth, to Simon Case, Boris Johnson’s cabinet secretary, Because Sam wanted to support Boris Johnson.And reports sky news This Monday, January 23rd. I have not been involved in providing a loan or setting up a guarantee, nor have I arranged any financing. What I did was endeavor to present Sam Blyth to the relevant government official.”Richard Sharp explains.

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“Sam Blythe, whom I’ve known for over forty years, lives in London, and after realizing the financial pressures on the Prime Minister at the time and being such a successful entrepreneur, he told me he wanted to know if he could help.”he adds.

For its part, Downing Street defended itself from everything nepotism In this case, while Boris Johnson claimed that Richard Sharpe “I don’t know anything at all [ses] personal financing “.

After 13 years in power, Britain’s Conservatives have seen their reputation tarnished in recent years by a series of controversy over conflict of interest issues, prompting accusations of corruption by the Labor opposition, which currently largely leads the polls.

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