“Boris Johnson has breached House of Commons rules by failing to declare a financial interest in a property within the required time limit, the Commons standards committee has found.
According to the watchdog, the former foreign secretary registered an interest of a 20 per cent share of the Somerset property in January 2019, despite being notified of his acquisition a year ago – way outside the 28-day time limit.
It follows Mr Johnson’s previous apology to the committee just four months’ ago after breaching rules on declared earnings for his book royalties.
In a second damning report, the standards committee claimed the Conservative MP demonstrated “an over-casual attitude towards obeying the rules of the House”.
Now, the committee has instructed Mr Johnson to meet with the registrar of members’ financial interests in person to receive a full briefing on his obligations as a MP to register all relevant interests.”
Today we think about the fine line between public, publican and private and how they can so easily blend:
The accompanying story:
Owl says: beware – some even try to get away with calling themselves Independent – or in at least one case at the last local election – Independent Conservative! REAL Independents bow to no party whip! And if you are ashamed of your party – leave it!
“TORY council candidates have listed their party as ‘Local Conservatives’ in a bid to “detoxify” themselves from Theresa May’s leadership, The Sun can reveal.
The party faces losing control of councils across the country due to the failure to deliver Brexit on time and Mrs May’s decision to enter cross-party talks with Jeremy Corbyn.
Nomination papers submitted by candidates – seen by The Sun – reveal that many local Tory associations hope to escape voters’ anger over Brexit by listing their party on ballot papers for the May 2 local elections as ‘Local Conservatives’.
A Tory MP who handed over a copy of Lincolnshire’s nomination papers said their candidates are listed as ‘local Conservatives’ “because they think Westminster associations are now so toxic”.
Among those who are using the ‘Local Conservatives’ tag are Richard Wright, who is head of the Lincolnshire Area Conservative party.
Terry Boston, who is fighting the Ruskintgon Ward in North Kesteven District Council elections next month, has also avoided using the national party’s name in next month’s elections. …”