UK’S Boris John­son rep­ri­manded for fail­ing to re­port in­come

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A Bri­tish par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee rep­ri­manded for­mer For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son on Thurs­day for fail­ing to re­port in­come within time lim­its set by Par­lia­ment.

John­son has ac­knowl­edged his mis­take and taken steps to pre­vent it from re­cur­ring, the com­mit­tee said.

John­son was found to have failed to make timely in­come re­ports on nine re­cent oc­ca­sions. The amount in­volved to­taled more than 52,700 pounds ($67,000).

The Par­lia­men­tary Com­mis­sioner for Stan­dards found “that reg­is­tra­tions were late on four sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, in­volv­ing nine pay­ments, which sug­gested a lack of at­ten­tion to, or re­gard for, the House’s re­quire­ments.”

The breach wasn’t judged to be mi­nor or ac­ci­den­tal and so was re­ferred to the Com­mit­tee on Stan­dards, which sug­gested John­son make a for­mal apol­ogy to the House of Com­mons.

John­son is a prom­i­nent Brexit hard­liner who re­signed from his Cab­i­net po­si­tion in July to protest Prime Min­is­ter Theresa 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 pounds for French roy­al­ties for one of his books to a monthly pay­ment of nearly 23,000 pounds 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 pounds.the state­ment pub­lished Thurs­day in­di­cates that John­son has apol­o­gized for “any un­in­tended delay” in meet­ing re­port­ing re­quire­ments. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­gan in Oc­to­ber. – AP

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