Boris Johnson’s £15,000 trip to private island offered by Tory donor investigated

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over his £15,000 trip to Mustique, a private island, Sky News reports.

Kathryn Stone, the commissioner, has confirmed for the first time that she is looking into whether Johnson properly declared the holiday.

Johnson took the trip with his partner, Carrie Symonds, at the end of 2019 in the wake of his general election victory.

Downing Street has previously said “all relevant transparency requirements” were met around the trip to Mustique, a private island in the archipelago nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

But there was confusion when Johnson declared the holiday in the register of MPs’ interests.

In the entry, Johnson said he had accepted “accommodation for a private holiday for my partner and me, value £15,000,” citing Tory donor David Ross as the provider.

But a spokesman for Ross, co-founder of Carphone Warehouse, denied he had paid for it.

Ross has since sought to further clarify matters, agreeing it was a “benefit in kind” to Johnson and Symonds during their private break.

A spokesman for Ross reiterated his position on Monday, saying: “Ross facilitated accommodation for Johnson on Mustique valued at £15,000.

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

Johnson appears on a list of nine MPs who are under investigation by the commissioner, which has been published under new Commons rules.

Before the change, the commissioner was not allowed to say whether she was inquiring into a complaint against an MP.

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