The United Kingdom’s Election Commission is investigating Prime Minister Boris Johnson over who paid for a mysterious $20,000 luxury Caribbean vacation bill.
Kathryn Stone, the parliamentary standards commissioner, confirmed Monday that she was investigating the prime minister’s potential violation of the code of conduct, according to The Guardian. The Daily Mail reported that Johnson spent 10 days on holiday in Mustique and spent £15,000 on a luxury villa, the U.S. equivalent of $20,000.
NEW: Boris Johnson is under investigation over whether he broke the rules with his trip to Mustique with fiancee Carrie Symonds, confirms Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
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A £15,000 “benefit in kind” from David Ross, a conservative donor, was recorded by the prime minister. It was registered as an “accommodation for a private holiday for my partner and me.” A spokesperson for Ross said that his client had “facilitated” the trip after initially stating that the claim was a “mistake.”
“The public have a right to know who paid for Boris Johnson’s luxury Caribbean vacation and the renovation of his flat. Most importantly, we need to know what these donors were promised or expected in return for their generosity,” said Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader.
Johnson is also under a separate investigation for an improperly declared loan for repairs to his Downing Street apartment, according to the Guardian. Both investigations have not harmed his reputation among voters, as conservatives made gains in local elections across England.
“Boris Johnson needs to stop using the office of prime minister as an opportunity to fund his lavish lifestyle and enrich his mates.” (RELATED: Conservatives Dominate Local Elections In England)