(CMR) The British Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards is investigating whether Boris Johnson broke parliamentary rules amid conflicting accounts over who paid for a £15,000 holiday he took with his fiancee to the Caribbean island of Mustique last year.
Johnson took the trip with his fiancee Carrie Symonds between December 26 and January 5 following his crushing election victory.
Rules state that MPs are obliged to register any financial interests over the value of £300.
Confusion arose over who paid for the trip after Johnson declared the holiday in a register of MPs' interests and said Conservative party donor David Ross had provided “accommodation for a private holiday for my partner and me, value £15,000.”
Ross initially denied paying for the trip and said he had only “facilitated accommodation” for the trip. He later retracted his statement and said that the Mustique accommodation was a “benefit in kind” to Johnson.
According to the Observer, this is the first time the Commissioner has investigated a serving prime minister. The investigation was launched after the Labour Party called for a formal inquiry.
The Electoral Commission is also investigating who initially footed the bill for a reported £200,000 refurbishment of Johnson's Downing Street flat.