Boris sorry for failing to report income
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.