Monday 29 March 2021 / 12:22 PM Angela Rayner

£2.6m media studio exposes ‘Boris Johnson’s warped priorities’

Labour has accused Boris Johnson of having “warped priorities” after he wastes £2.6m on a new TV studio in Number 10.

The studio is expected to be used for the first time on Monday. It has cost the taxpayer £2.6m despite the UK suffering the worst crisis of any major economy and the Conservatives cutting pay for NHS nurses.


£2.6m is equivalent to each of:

  • Providing 5,900 children with free school meals for a year
  • Providing almost 58,000 children with free school meals over the Christmas holiday and February half-term
  • Starting salaries of 107 police constables
  • Starting salaries of 127 army privates
  • Starting salaries of 104 newly qualified nurses

Angela Rayner MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, said:

“It sums up Boris Johnson’s warped priorities that he has spent millions on a media studio while taking money out of the pockets of nurses.

“There was apparently no money to feed hungry children during the school holidays but when it comes to feeding the Prime Minister’s ego there is a blank cheque, with the British taxpayer picking up the bill.

“Instead of wasting taxpayers’ money on pointless vanity projects the Prime Minister should give our NHS staff the pay rise that they deserve.”