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PM urged to ‘come clean’ over who paid for his £15k holiday

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
13th Feb 20 4:38 pm

Labour are calling for an investigation as to who paid for the prime ministers £15,000 luxury trip to the Caribbean.

Jon trickett the shadow Cabinet Office minister has written to Kathryn Stone the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards requesting she investigates the details of Boris Johnson’s luxury holiday.

Johnson declared in the register of MPs interests that he accepted from businessman David Ross, “accommodation for a private holiday for my partner and me, value £15,000.”

However, the Carphone Warehouse co-founder’s spokesman denied on Wednesday that Ross had paid for the prime minister’s holiday.

But, a spokesman for the Conservative Party donor has since said, it was a “benefit in kind” to Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds during their break to the Caribbean Island of Mystique.

Trickett said in his letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner, “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.”

He said, that the public need to know if the prime minister knowingly made a “false entry into the register.”

He added, “Transparency is crucial to ensuring the public have confidence that elected members of this House have not been unduly influenced by any donations or gifts that they may receive.

“For this reason, I request that you to investigate whether the prime minister has followed all transparency requirements when registering the donation.”

However, a Downing Street source said much of what is being alleged by Trinckett is “out of date,” despite the luxury trip taking place over the Christmas and New Year period.

The Downing Street source told the PA news agency, “What is being said in the letter has been covered off by additional statements made by David Ross’ spokesman.”

A spokeswoman for Downing Street said, “All transparency requirements have been followed, as set out in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.”

A spokesman for Ross said in a statement on Thursday, “Following media reports, I would like to provide further explanation of the benefit in kind Mr Ross provided to Mr Johnson

“Mr Ross facilitated accommodation for Mr Johnson on Mustique valued at £15,000.

“Therefore, this is a benefit in kind from Mr Ross to Mr Johnson and Mr Johnson’s declaration to the House of Commons is correct.”

According to the entry on the register Johnson’s holiday to the Caribbean took place between 26 December and 5 January 2020.

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