Boris Johnson ‘to be investigated’ by Parliament watchdog over Caribbean holiday

Boris Johnson is to be investigated by Parliament's sleaze watchdog over his £15,000 winter break to the Caribbean, according to reports.

The Prime Minister and his partner Carrie Symonds accepted accommodation for a private break in St Vincent and the Grenadines as a post-election victory escape.

But confusion reigned after Mr Johnson declared in the register of MPs' interests that he had accepted "accommodation for a private holiday for my partner and me, value £15,000", citing businessman David Ross as the provider.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arrive in Downing Street after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with partner Carrie Symonds and dog Dilyn at the count for the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds and dog Dilyn arriving for the count for the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election.
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Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, gives a speech at Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, gives a speech at Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham.
Carrie Symonds, the partner of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, attends Birdfair, an environmental awareness conference, at the Rutland Water Nature Reserve in Egleton near Oakham, where she is due to give a speech.
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Stanley Johnson and Carrie Symonds at an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Activist Carrie Symonds takes part in an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
Activist Carrie Symonds takes part in an anti-whaling protest outside the Japanese Embassy in central London.
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A spokesman for Mr Ross then denied that the co-founder of the Carphone Warehouse had stumped up any money.

But the Conservative Party donor's spokesman later clarified his stance, agreeing it was a "benefit in kind" to the PM and Ms Symonds during their private break to the island of Mustique.

The Observer said the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Kathryn Stone, decided to pursue an official inquiry into Mr Johnson on Wednesday, and has requested information from the PM and Mr Ross.

It follows calls from Labour for an inquiry into how the PM came to enjoy the free provision of a five-figure villa.

In a letter to the commissioner last month, shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett said: "The Code of Conduct requires members to provide the name of the person or organisation that actually funded a donation.

"The evidence now suggests it was not David Ross. The entry made by the Prime Minister therefore appears to be incorrect."

The trip provided Mr Johnson with a break after the election campaign, which produced a Conservative landslide for the first time since the 1980s.

But he faced criticism for failing to cut the festive holiday short when international tensions rose after the US killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on January 3.

The Commissioner would investigate whether Mr Johnson has broken the MPs' code of conduct, and forward any findings onto the Committee on Standards which would review the evidence and, if appropriate, recommend a penalty.

Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds announced last week that they became engaged at the end of 2019, and are expecting a baby early this summer.

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