Boris Johnson broke funding rules by failing to declare ownership of house 10 months ago

Boris Johnson broke funding rules by failing to declare ownership of house

The former foreign secretary did not disclose a 20 per cent stake in a Somerset house

Boris Johnson has broken House of Commons rules by failing to declare a financial interest on time, parliament's watchdog said.

The former foreign secretary and Tory leadership desperado was accused of having "an over-casual attitude towards obeying the rules of the house."

Johnson did not declare his 20 per cent share of a house in Somerset within the 28 day deadline and the Commons standards committee rejected his assertion he did not fully understand the rules.

Boris Johnson on his way into Downing Street (Credit: Dan Kitwood) Boris Johnson on his way into Downing Street (Credit: Dan Kitwood)

A report published today reads: "We conclude with concern that these two investigations by the Commissioner in rapid succession demonstrate a pattern of behaviour by Mr Johnson.

"While there is no suggestion that he has at any time tried deliberately to conceal the extent of his interests, this latest breach reinforces the view which we expressed in our previous Report, that he has displayed 'an over-casual attitude towards obeying the rules of the House,' in conjunction with 'a lack of effective organisation within [his] office.'

 

"We find it particularly regrettable that Mr Johnson gave an assurance to the Commissioner that his registration of financial interests was up to date, and within a very short period it proved not to be.

"We acknowledge Mr Johnson’s repeated apologies for these breaches of the rules, most recently in his letter to us dated 1 April 2019.

"Should we conclude in future that Mr Johnson has committed any further breaches of the rules on registration, we will regard this as a matter which may call for more serious sanction."

The committee also said further offences by Johnson may necessitate "more serious sanction."