Boris Johnson to be investigated over Caribbean holiday
PUBLISHED: 11:15 09 March 2020 | UPDATED: 11:15 09 March 2020
Boris Johnson is to be investigated by the parliament’s standards watchdog over his £15,000 winter break to the Caribbean.
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The prime minister and his partner Carrie Symonds accepted accommodation for a private break in St Vincent and the Grenadines as a post-election victory escape.
But there was confusion afte rJohnson declared in the register of MPs' interests that he had accepted "accommodation for a private holiday for my partner and me, value £15,000", citing businessman David Ross as the provider.
A spokesman for Ross then denied that the co-founder of the Carphone Warehouse had stumped up any money.
But the Conservative Party donor's spokesman later clarified his stance, agreeing it was a "benefit in kind" to the PM and Symonds during their private break to the island of Mustique.
The Observer reports the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Kathryn Stone, decided to pursue an official inquiry into Johnson and has requested information from the PM and Ross.
It follows calls from Labour for an inquiry into how the PM came to enjoy the free provision of a five-figure villa.
In a letter to the commissioner last month, shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett said: "The Code of Conduct requires members to provide the name of the person or organisation that actually funded a donation.
"The evidence now suggests it was not David Ross. The entry made by the prime minister therefore appears to be incorrect."
The Commissioner would investigate whether Johnson has broken the MPs' code of conduct, and forward any findings onto the Committee on Standards which would review the evidence and, if appropriate, recommend a penalty.
Downing Street declined to comment.
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