Independent parliamentary regulator Kathryn Stone confirmed on Monday that she was investigating whether the parliamentary code of conduct had been violated. Johnson had ditched the holiday with his partner Carrie Symonds as a gift worth £ 15,000 (over £ 17,000) from businessman David Ross, who financially supports the Prime Minister’s Conservative Party.
Ross initially contradicted the vacation payment. He said he also did not own the villa where the couple resided. The businessman later qualified this statement. He said through a spokesperson that he “facilitated” the party and that the prime minister had not lied.
According to The Independent, this is the first time that the parliamentary supervisor has opened such an investigation into a sitting prime minister. Earlier this year, the Election Commission had already opened an investigation into Johnson. It revolves around the question of who paid for the renovation of their official residence.
The opposition asks for clarification on the Prime Minister’s vacation. “People have a right to know who paid for this luxury Caribbean vacation and the renovation of Boris Johnson’s condo,” said Angela Rayner of the left-wing Labor Party. “It is especially important to hear what these donors have been promised or what they expect in return for their generosity.”
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