News | Published February 13 2020

Johnson asked to disclose donor of his £15,000 holiday

Prime minister Boris Johnson has been called upon to disclose who paid for his holiday to Mustique between Boxing Day and January 5 this year.

The accommodation, which cost £15,000 for both Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds, was listed on the MP’s register of interests as a gift from David Ross, a founder of Carphone Warehouse.

The entry into the register read that Ross had gifted accommodation "for a private holiday for my partner and me, value £15,000".

Ross’ spokesperson clarified that he did not fund the trip, and that he had simply helped to arrange it.

The source stated "Boris wanted some help to find somewhere in Mustique, David called the company who run all the villas, and somebody had dropped out.

"So, Boris got the use of a villa that was worth £15,000, but David Ross did not pay any monies whatsoever for this."

Previously Ross acted as an aide to Johnson in City Hall, and was on the Olympics organising committee, however, he left the roles in 2008 following a shares scandal.

Ross had used Carphone Warehouse shares, the value of which is estimated to be in the millions, as collateral against loans he made in a personal capacity. This marked a breach of City rules as he did not inform the other company directors at the time.

Johnson was criticised regarding his trip, as he did not return to the UK immediately following the US killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

According to No. 10, the trip was registered in accordance with guidelines.

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Authored by

Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
February 13 2020

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