Boris apol­o­gises for fail­ing to pub­lish earn­ings

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sioner for Stan­dards found that for­mer for­eign sec­re­tary failed to reg­is­ter nine pay­ments, to­talling £52,722.80, within the 28-day dead­line

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LON­DON: Bri­tain’s for­mer for­eign sec­re­tary Boris Johnson was or­dered by par­lia­ment’s stan­dards watch­dog on Thurs­day to apol­o­gise for fail­ing to de­clare al­most £53,000 ($67,495) earn­ings on time.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sioner for Stan­dards found that Johnson failed to reg­is­ter nine pay­ments, to­talling £52,722.80, within the 28-day dead­line.

In her re­port, the com­mis­sioner, Kathryn Stone, con­cluded that Johnson was in breach of the rules of the House of Com­mons, par­lia­ment’s lower cham­ber, For A FAIL­URE to Ful­fil HIS re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, say­ing it was nei­ther “in­ad­ver­tent” nor “mi­nor.”

Since re­sign­ing as for­eign sec­re­tary in July over Theresa May’s Brexit plans, Johnson has been writ­ing a weekly col­umn for Bri­tain’s Daily Tele­graph news­pa­per, on a yearly salary of £275,000.

Most of the pay­ments that were de­clared late came from roy­al­ties from books he has writ­ten.

Johnson, reg­u­larly touted as a pos­si­ble con­tender to re­place May as Con­ser­va­tive Party leader should she fall over Brexit, told law­mak­ers on Thurs­day he was very sorry and was grate­ful it had been ac­cepted that he had not in­tended to mis­lead par­lia­ment.

“I fully ac­cept that the de­lay was a breach of the House’s rules,” he said. “I there­fore of­fer the House a full and un­re­served apol­ogy.”

In his re­sponse to the com­mis­sioner’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he said he had now em­ployed a ded­i­cated mem­ber of staff to han­dle his dec­la­ra­tions, say­ing the late pay­ments were due to delays In pro­cess­ing HIS inan­cial state­ments. HE Con­firmed THE nine pay­ments HAD now been de­clared.

Johnson is a prom­i­nent Brexit hard­liner who re­signed from his cab­i­net po­si­tion in July to protest May’s Brexit plan. He re­mains in Par­lia­ment and is bound by its re­port­ing rules.

He was found to have failed to re­port out­side in­come within 28 days as re­quired. Most of the in­come came from roy­al­ties for books Johnson has au­thored and for his work as a jour­nal­ist.

In­come ranged from a pay­ment of £37 for French roy­al­ties for one of his books to a monthly pay­ment of nearly £23,000 for his col­umn in The Daily Tele­graph that be­gan in Au­gust.

He also re­ported re­ceiv­ing two tick­ets “with hospi­tal­ity” from the Sur­rey County Cricket Club for a match at The Oval. The tick­ets were val­ued at £1,800.

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