UK government investigating leak of PM Johnson's messages to businessman

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds a news conference at 10 Downing Street, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's government is investigating the leak of private communications between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and inventor James Dyson, Johnson's spokesman said on Thursday.

"We have instructed the Cabinet Office to look into this," the spokesman said when asked if there would be a leak inquiry.

On Wednesday, Johnson said he would make no apology for giving tax assurances via text message to Dyson to help secure ventilators for patients suffering with COVID-19. The messages were reported by the BBC.

(Reporting by William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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