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Boris Johnson faces fresh questions over his apparent support for a “great exhibition” plan backed by a Tory donor who helped pay for the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat.

Text messages released on Thursday showed the prime minister discussed the proposal with Lord Brownlow – as the PM requested help with funding the revamp.

Labour said Mr Johnson has “serious questions to answer” over the texts.

No 10 said all prime ministers have ideas put to them from time to time.

It comes after Mr Johnson was criticised by his own standards adviser for not disclosing the messages during an official inquiry into the Downing Street flat renovations.

The texts were revealed during a separate investigation by the elections

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