Boris Johnson Apologises For Failing To Declare £52,000 In Earnings On Time

Evarado Alatorre
Diciembre 8, 2018

Boris Johnson has told MPs he's "very sorry" for failing to declare more than £52,000 in earnings on time. Johnson's characteristic sense of humor was lacking when he gave a "full and unreserved apology" to the House.

The Commons Committee on Standards said Mr Johnson broke House rules by failing to register payments within the required timetable on nine occasions.

"Members are required to register their interests within one month of their election, and then within 28 days of any change in those registrable interests".

Stone said that while the Conservative MP had fully cooperated and promised to address the issue, the amount of money registered late - nearly £53,000, or about 70% of his MP's' salary - and the number of times it had happened "suggested a lack of attention to the house's requirements, rather than inadvertent error".

The Committee noted that aggravating factors in calling for Mr Johnson to apologise included the size of the sums involved, the number of breaches and that he had been an MP over four Parliaments, and had been a senior minister, saying he "could be expected to set an example within the House".

The letter added that this was not Johnson's first discretion, "by no means the first time within the past year or so that there has been a failure on his part to comply with the rules".

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Stone's report said that in October she received a letter of complaint about Johnson's weekly column in the Daily Telegraph, for which he is paid almost £23,000 a month and which he resumed after quitting the cabinet in July, saying this did not seem to have been properly registered.

Responding to Stone, Johnson explained that the errors were "primarily the result of a delay in up-to-date financial statements being received and duly processed and declared".

The late declarations included a series of rights and royalty payments from Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France and the USA for books "already written" by Mr Johnson.

The Committee concluded: "We recommend that Mr Johnson should make an apology to the House, on a point of order, for this breach of the rules".

Stone said that she was referring her report to the committee on standards because her powers to agree any reprimand or punishment only took effect "where the financial interests are minor or the breach of the rules were inadvertent". The nine late registrations had a total value of £52,722.80. She added: "Neither of those criteria are met in this instance".

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