Boris sorry for fail­ing to re­port in­come

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BORIS Johnson made a grov­el­ling apol­ogy to the Com­mons on Thurs­day af­ter he was lashed by a stan­dards in­quiry for his “over-ca­sual at­ti­tude” to the rules that meant he de­clared al­most £53,000 in out­side earn­ings late.

Mr Johnson in­sisted it was an “in­ad­ver­tent” mis­take but told MPs he was mak­ing a “full and un­re­served apol­ogy”.

The for­mer for­eign sec­re­tary in­sisted he had no in­ten­tion of mis­lead­ing the House when he failed to re­port the earn­ings in­side a 28-day dead­line.

Most of the pay­ments are for roy­al­ties on Mr Johnson’s books - the most prom­i­nent of which is a bi­og­ra­phy of Win­ston Churchill.

One was for the first pay­ment he re­ceived from the Daily Tele­graph for his £275,000 a year col­umn. The in­quiry was trig­gered by a com­plaint about this pay­ment af­ter he re­signed as For­eign Sec­re­tary in July.

Mr Johnson in­sisted to an in­quiry the breaches of the rules were ac­ci­den­tal but the Stan­dards Com­mit­tee said he took an “over-ca­sual at­ti­tude” and or­dered him to apol­o­gise.

The pun­ish­ment was agreed af­ter the Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sioner for Stan­dards Kathryn Stone said the num­ber of breaches “sug­gest a lack of at­ten­tion to or re­gard for” Com­mons rules.

Ms Stone con­cluded four late dec­la­ra­tions for nine pay­ments meant the breach was nei­ther “mi­nor” or “in­ad­ver­tent” and passed it to the Stan­dards Com­mit­tee to de­cide the pun­ish­ment.

Mr Johnson in­sisted it was an “in­ad­ver­tent” mis­take.

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