British PM Johnson didn’t break the rules with controversial luxury holiday

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke no code of conduct during his luxury trip to the Caribbean – which was funded by a businessman, a UK parliamentary committee decided.

After the resounding electoral victory on December 12, 2019, in which he succeeded Terrassa May as British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and his fiancée – now his wife – Carrie Symonds went to the private island of Mustique to blow them up over the Christmas holidays.

That’s okay in and of itself, were it not for the fact that there was then a lack of clarity about who paid for that vacation. UK MPs must announce large donations – such as travel. Since Johnson is also a Member of Parliament in addition to being Prime Minister, these rules apply to him as well.


The British Prime Minister accurately indicated that businessman David Ross paid for the accommodation, worth about 15,000 pounds (17,500 euros). Only that important Tory financier denied it at first, only to correct it with a statement that it was a “gift in kind”. As a result, the Standards Committee launched an investigation in early May.

This parliamentary committee now considers the declaration to be “accurate and complete”, without violations. However, the Foundation regrets that informal arrangements to pay for accommodation were not immediately communicated in detail. Johnson himself always insisted that he followed the rules.

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