James Dyson denies he tried to extract favours from Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson denied acting inappropriately for seeking tax assurances from Prime Minister James Dyson to work on a project to manufacture ventilators in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.

In his first public comments since Dyson met scrutiny over the interaction with the opposition Labour Party calling for an investigation into lobbying, Johnson said it was untrue that he tried to extract favours from the prime minister.

BBC reported that Dyson had asked the finance minister for no change in the tax status of his staff coming to Britain to work on the emergency project.He contacted Johnson right away and clarified things: I will fix it, BBC said.

Dyson, inventor of the bagless vacuum cleaner, rejected what he called the BBC's gross disregard of his links to JohnsonJohnson's Conservative Party.

The BBC's account of me as a prominent Conservative donor or supporter, who seeks out a position of power in an article in the Daily Telegraph to extract favours from the prime minister, is completely untrue, Dyson said in an article in the Daily Telegraph.

I have met Boris Johnson three times, always with officials the last time in 2016.I have never attended any Conservative social events.

The BBC has led the way on reporting a public story, which is clearly in the public interest, a spokesman said.

James Dyson told us he is not a prominent Conservative supporter and at his request we put this detail on the page.

Johnson is currently grappling with an array of accusations which opponents say show he is unfit for office, including claims that he lied about who paid for the refurbishment of his official Downing Street flat.

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