Tories ban BBC publishing photos of Robert Jenrick and billionaire property developer at party fundraising dinner
The Conservatives have banned the BBC from posting pictures of Robert Jenrick and Richard Desmond at a party fundraising dinner.
It is amid the dispute over Desmond's £ 1 billion home with 1,500 apartments on the Isle of Dogs in east London, which Secretary of State Jenrick signed in January after contacting Desmond.
The BBC said it had received separate pictures of Desmond and Jenrick at a previous dinner at the Savoy Hotel where Boris Johnson was speaking.
The pictures belong to the Conservative Party. The BBC said it was prevented from publishing it.
Planning series: Robert Jenrick and Richard Desmond. (Getty Images / PA)
A company spokeswoman told Yahoo News UK on Thursday, "We have not used it for legal reasons."
This website contacted the Conservative Party to ask why the BBC would not publish the images, but received no response.
It comes when Johnson continues to stand by Jenrick.
Downing Street said Thursday that the prime minister still had "full confidence" in Jenrick. Johnson had spoken to the contested minister in the past few days and "thought the matter was closed."
Robert Jenrick is about to resign because of the planning controversy. (SOPA Images / Sipa USA)
Jenrick is still struggling to keep his job after documents reveal the extent of contact between him and Desmond before signing the Westferry Printworks program.
Jenrick overruled the decisions of the Tower Hamlets Council and a planning inspector.
Jenrick and Desmond exchanged text messages after meeting at a Conservative Party fundraiser last November.
Officials in Jenrick's department described him as "insistent" that the project would be given the green light before a new levy would add millions to the cost.
Robert Jenrick signed the development of Westferry Printworks in January, but had to overturn this decision in May. (PA pictures via Getty Images)
Desmond donated £ 12,000 to the Tories two weeks after Jenrick's approval of Jenfer.
In May Jenrick finally overturned his own consent and admitted that the decision was "illegal" due to "apparent bias".
The series continued, however, and Jenrick was under increasing pressure after the documents were published.
After Downing Street reaffirmed his support for Jenrick, Angela Rayner, deputy chairwoman of the Labor Party, tweeted: “Now we can start again with the untouchables - the network of old boys that covers each other. Disgusting! This is not a government, but a farce. No point of integrity among them. "
The party asked Jenrick to return to the House of Commons to explain his ties to Desmond in the light of the documents and to release all unpublished material on the case.
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