Boris Johnson attended a Tory fundraiser with two property tycoons hours before the announcement about their move to office buildings.

  • Boris Johnson sat with David and Simon Reuben at a Tory fundraiser on Monday 
  • A number of HMRC employees will be moving to offices built by the property magnates. 
  • Just hours after PM and them shared a dinner table, they announced the move.

It can be disclosed that the Prime Minister sat at a table with property moguls during a Tory fundraising event hours before it became public.

Boris Johnson sat with David and Simon Reuben at the party’s lavish winter ball on Monday evening.

The family of the Mumbai-born brothers – who are worth £21.5billion – have given hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Conservatives.

Jamie Reuben gave £50,000 to the Prime Minister's Tory leadership bid in 2019. Since Mr Johnson became leader, the 34-year-old has given £816,104 to the party

Jamie Reuben gave £50,000 to the Prime Minister’s Tory leadership bid in 2019. Since Mr Johnson became leader, the 34-year-old has given £816,104 to the party

Yesterday, ministers revealed plans to transfer 9,000 employees from HM Revenue and Customs into a Newcastle development.

Government sources said last night the announcement was in no way connected to the fundraising event or the pair’s donations to the party. It is not possible to see any evidence of businessmen being dishonest.

The Sunday Times Rich List ranks the brothers as second in The Sunday Times Rich List. They are British citizens. Their close family members have donated a combined £882,104 to the Tories since 2008. 

David’s son Jamie gave £50,000 to Mr Johnson’s Tory leadership bid in 2019. Since Mr Johnson became leader, the 34-year-old has given £816,104 to the party.

Boris Johnson, Simon Reuben and Stanley Johnson in 2014. The Prime Minister sat with David and Simon Reuben at a Tory fundraiser on Monday evening

Boris Johnson, Simon Reuben, and Stanley Johnson at a Tory fundraiser in 2014. On Monday night, the Prime Minister was joined by Simon Reuben and David at a Tory fundraising event.

Kim Kardashian attended Jamie Reuben's birthday party in Beverly Hills in California in May this year

Kim Kardashian attended Jamie Reuben’s party at Beverly Hills in California, May 2012.

Simon’s daughter Lisa has donated £5,000, while David gave £4,000 to Mr Johnson’s London mayoral campaign in 2008.

As part of the Saudi-led takeover earlier in this year, Jamie took an additional 10% share in Newcastle United Football Club.

According to one of his company’s websites, Jamie served as the committee chairman for Mr Johnson’s re-election campaign as London mayor in 2012 and is currently a treasurer of the Conservative Party.

Kim Kardashian attended Kim Kardashian’s birthday celebration in Beverly Hills, California, May 2012.

Yesterday, HMRC announced that a Reuben Brothers nine-storey building in Newcastle City Centre will be its North East base.

The brothers took a 10 per cent stake in Newcastle United Football Club earlier this year as part of a Saudi-led takeover, which saw Jamie take a seat on the board

As part of the Saudi-led takeover in which Jamie took over the board, the brothers bought a 10% share in Newcastle United Football Club. 

Making the announcement, Jim Harra, HMRC’s chief executive, said: ‘HMRC has had a longstanding presence in Newcastle and the wider North East.

‘Signing the lease for the new regional centre is a clear demonstration of our commitment to the area, its economy and our employees based in the North East.’

Steve Barclay, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said: ‘We’re committed to levelling up the country and this hub follows recent expansions in the region from the Treasury and Defra.

‘Moving 9,000 staff into one city centre site will deliver fantastic footfall for local businesses while also making the government property estate greener and more efficient.’

The Conservative Party’s winter ball was held at the V&A Museum in London on Monday evening. In the past, it was known as the “black and white” ball.

A karaoke session with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss sold at auction for £22,000 as part of the fundraiser.

Five-figure donations paid for access to Cabinet ministers by wealthy donors. An hour playing cricket with Rishi Sunak went for £35,000, while dinner with Michael Gove attracted a £25,000 bid.

And a ‘Get Brexit Done’ sign from the Tory 2019 general election campaign sold for £30,000.