Boris Johnson donated £24,000 to cover wedding costs including ‘ice cream van’

A Tory donor has donated £24,000 to Boris Johnson to help cover aspects of the then Prime Minister’s wedding – including an ice cream van

The money was also used to pay for flowers and a South African barbecue, according to official documents released on Thursday.

Lord Anthony and Lady Carole Bamford provided the money, which also helped cover marquee hire, gates, catering and wait staff.

Lord Bamford, a top Tory donor and chairman of construction equipment maker JCB, hosted the party for Mr Johnson 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.

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Edward L. Robinett