Boris Johnson to spend £900,000 of public money on painting 'national branding' on military plane he uses

Downing Street said work to paint “national branding” on a military plane used by the Prime Minister will cost “around £900,000”.

The red, white and blue Union flag-style paint job will allow the RAF Voyager to continue to participate in military work, according to Number 10.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The RAF Voyager used by the royal family and the Prime Minister is currently in Cambridgeshire for pre-planned repainting.

“This will mean that the plane can better represent the UK around the world with national branding, similar to many other leaders’ planes, while also retaining its military air-to-air refuelling capability.”

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. (Photo: PA Wire)

The spokesman defended the £900,000 cost, telling reporters: “That incorporates the cost of creating a design that will promote the UK around the world without compromising the plane’s vital military role.

“At every stage we have worked to ensure value for money for the UK taxpayer and all of the work has been undertaken in the UK, directly benefiting British suppliers.”

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