Boris Johnson did not violate the code of conduct for MPs by accepting donations for a private 10-day vacation in Mustique – but should have provided information sooner, according to an investigation.
Parliament’s standards watchdog said the prime minister’s account of the “informal” funding deal was “accurate and complete”, but that they were “regrettable” details related to the trip which took place over Christmas 2019 were provided sporadically.
the report, released on Thursday by the Standards Committee, said the deal “could have been concluded several months ago if more determined efforts had been made to dispel the uncertainty.”
Mr Johnson received an in-kind benefit of £ 15,000 from David Ross, a Conservative Party donor, for “accommodation for a private vacation” during a trip to the Caribbean between December 2019 and January 2020.
The Prime Minister made the trip with his wife Carrie Johnson shortly after his election victory.
But questions were asked about how the trip was funded and whether it complied with the code of conduct for MPs.
In May, Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone confirmed she was investigating whether the MP had correctly declared the holiday.
But the standards committee – made up of both MPs and lay members – concluded Thursday that Mr Johnson did not break the code during the trip.
His report states that although Mr Johnson did not break the code, “a full account and explanation of how Mr Johnson’s holiday accommodation was funded” was only revealed following own conclusions of the committee.
The committee also said it was unsatisfactory that neither Mr Ross nor the Prime Minister explained the arrangements to the Commissioner until …
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This notice was published: 2021-07-08 08:00:00