Friday 5 November 2021 / 11:32 AM Angela Rayner

Labour demands sleaze inquiry into Prime Minister breaking the rules over latest luxury holiday donation

Labour has demanded that the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards opens an investigation into the Prime Minister failing to declare the free luxury holiday that he was donated by Lord Goldsmith – who the Prime Minister appointed to the House of Lords and a ministerial job – in the Register of Members’ Interests.

By failing to declare this gift the Prime Minister appears to have broken the House of Commons Code of Conduct and the rules relating to the Conduct of Members – the same rules that the Prime Minister and Conservative MPs attempted to change this week by over-riding the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and replacing the independent Standards Committee with a sham kangaroo court stacked with Conservative stooges.

The Prime Minister registered the donation in the List of Ministers’ Interests but has not registered the donation in the Register of Members’ Interests.

However, when the Prime Minister previously had a luxury holiday paid for by somebody else the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards concluded that “Mr Johnson was required under the House’s rules to register the holiday accommodation”, and the cross-party Committee for Standards agreed with that conclusion, stating that “Mr Johnson was required to register the holiday accommodation he received in the Register of Members’ Interests… Mr Johnson was required by the Guide to the Rules, which has the authority of the House, to register the accommodation”.

Referring to Johnson’s “long history of breaching the rules in relation to parliamentary standards and other integrity and anti-corruption measures”, Rayner says “we cannot have a situation where Boris Johnson behaves like it’s one rule for him and another for everyone else.” The Commissioner has already found the Prime Minister guilty of breaking the rules on two previous occasions.