Boris Johnson ordered to apologise for failing to declare £52,722.80 in income

Boris Johnson ordered to apologise for failing to declare £52,722.80 in income

Boris Johnson has been ordered to apologise for failing to declare £52,722.80 in income by the Commons standards watchdog.

The Committee on Standards said Mr Johnson “acted in breach of the House’s rules on the registration of his financial interests by failing to register remuneration within the required timetable on nine occasions”.

In its report the watchdog said this referred to a total amount £52,722.80 which represents almost seventy per cent of a Member’s salary.

It covers books penned by Mr Johnson, trips to the Oval cricket ground and his weekly Telegraph column.

“The number of late registrations suggested a lack of attention to the House’s requirements, rather than inadvertent error. In light of that, this matter could not be concluded by way of the rectification procedure,” they said.

They added: “Although Mr Johnson has told me that the late registrations were ‘inadvertent’, the fact that the late registrations had happened on four separate occasions and involved nine payments, suggests a lack of attention to, or regard for, the House’s requirements rather than oversight or inadvertent error.”

The revelation is highly embarrassing for Johnson as allies prepare for him to challenge May should there be a vote of no confidence in her leadership in the coming months.

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