Prime Minister Boris Johnson is being investigated after potentially breaching Commons rules with to his £15,000 trip to Mustique.
The trip in question took place at Christmas time 2019 with his fiancée Carrie Symonds. Mustique is a private island, part of St Vincent and the Grenadines
When the PM declared the holiday in the register of MPs’ interests, he said he had accepted “accommodation for a private holiday for my partner and me, value £15,000”, citing Tory donor David Ross (former Deputy Chairman of Carphone Warehouse) as the provider. But Ross has now denied he paid for the holiday, and said he did not own the villa where Johnson and his stayed.
The investigation will aim to decipher who actually paid for the holiday and whether Johnson breached Paragraph 14 of the MPs’ standards code. This states that parliamentarians must “fulfil conscientiously the requirements of the House in respect of the registration of interests.”
During the May election campaigns, the list of MPs under investigation had been kept private.
Labour Deputy Leader Angela Rayner has criticised Johnson for his actions, stating that he “needs to stop using the office of Prime Minister as an opportunity to fund his lavish lifestyle and enrich his mates.”
This is the latest in a series of allegations made against the Prime Minister.
Last month, he was accused of making inappropriate comments regarding COVID deaths by The Daily Mail.
Johnson allegedly said: “No more fucking lockdowns – let the bodies pile high in their thousands.” in advance of the November 2020 lockdown.
He also faced accusations from Dominic Cummings of planning for Conservative donors to “secretly pay” for the revamp of his flat.
This work reportedly cost up to £200,000. If any donors have contributed towards the fund, this should have been reported to the Electoral Commission, the body which ensures transparency in political funding.
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