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Boris Johnson has FINALLY moved out of his lavish official residence

Boris Johnson appeared to be finally moving out of his lavish official residence today, a full three weeks after his bombshell resignation over Brexit.
Boris Johnson has FINALLY moved out of his lavish official residence

Removal vans were pictured at Carlton Gardens, the £20million apartment overlooking St James Park that is used by the serving Foreign Secretary. Mr Johnson’s wife Marina Wheeler, a barrister, and his son Milo were pictured today removing the family’s possessions – including a punching bag.  Mr Johnson walked out of Government on July 9 but was given permission to stay on in the luxury pad while sorting out an alternative place to live.   The continued presence has led to claims Mr Johnson is squatting in the luxury apartment – despite it being common practice for ex-ministers to stay on for a short period of time. Protesters picketed the residence, which is opposite St James Park in central London, with a stunt removal van last week. Boris Johnson’s wife Marina Wheeler and son Milo were seen helping the movers remove family possessions from the grace and favour apartment on Carlton Gardens today  There was no sign of the former Foreign Secretary as his family threw out rubbish as part of today’s move forced by his resignation over Brexit Movers removed exercise equipment including a punch bad and a bench from the £20million apartment in central London today.

Removal men also took carefully wrapped possessions out of the apartment, which overlooks St James Park  Removal vans were pictured at Carlton Gardens today, the £20million apartment overlooking St James Park that is used by the serving Foreign Secretary Johnson has remained at One Carlton Gardens (left) while also renting out a property in Islington, North London (right) for the past three weeks  Protesters picketed the residence, which is opposite, St James Park in central London, with a stunt removal van last week (pictured) As he resides in One Carlton Gardens, Johnson is also raking in tens of thousands renting out a four-storey Georgian property four miles away, Mirror Online reports.   Johnson is expected to receive a £17,000 payoff after quitting his cabinet job.

He has been urged to pack his bags and shift out of the house near ­Buckingham Palace so that new Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt can move in. Following his resignation, Labour MP Catherine West accused Johnson of ‘taxpayer-funded squatting’, adding: ‘He should pack his bags and move on.’ Stephen Doughty MP said it was ‘­extraordinary’ that the ‘failed Foreign Secretary’ remained at the property while renting out his own, pointing out that prime ministers vacate Number 10 in just one day.  It is understood that Johnson will live rent-free in the property (pictured) until the end of July despite quitting his Foreign Secretary position 11 days ago  A government spokesman said: ‘Former Ministers are expected to leave official residences as quickly as practicable at the end of their tenure, taking into account their personal ­circumstances and family needs. ‘We can confirm there is no additional cost to taxpayers involved.’ A Whitehall source claimed Hunt and Johnson had a ‘discussion’ about the Grade I listed home. The source said the former Health Secretary lives in Pimlico but holds official engagements at One Carlton Gardens. Johnson is understood to still be paying all running costs of the private living area. But the source confirmed that he has been living at the home rent-free as people close to him insisted Johnson has permission to stay until the end of the month as he prepares to move into a new home. Royal Ballet ­choreographer Wayne McGregor rents Johnson’s Islington house in North London and moved in toward the end of 2016. Wayne McGregor (pictured at the Olivier Awards with the prize for Best New Dance Production in 2016) rents Johnson’s Islington property Johnson declared ‘rental income of more than £10,000 a year’ for the £2.3million house he bought in 2009 in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.

The Mirror found a similar property on the same street was today being offered for £6,500 a month or £78,000 a year in rent. Mr McGregor, who is thought to have met Johnson in 2015 at a school dance project, declined to comment when asked whether he would be moving back in to his home. The Crown Estate – which looks after the Queen’s properties – owns One Carlton Gardens.  The Foreign Office leases the building and ­in 2015 officials paid £482,341 a year in rent on the property, meaning at least £13,000 has been spent on it since Johnson quit. He wrote a column in The Daily Telegraph a week after leaving his role and it is understood that this will become a weekly role.  He earned about £250,000 a year writing a column for the paper before joining the Cabinet in 2016, describing the pay as ‘chicken feed’.

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