UK Treasury chief quits as Johnson shakes up Cabinet

PM holiday

PM holiday

Jon Trickett, Labour's shadow cabinet office minister, said: "Boris Johnson must come clean about who has paid for his luxury trip".

Recording the trip in the Commons' register of members' interests, Johnson said it was paid for by Carphone Warehouse co-founder David Ross, but the tycoon has since denied funding the luxury break.

But a spokesman for the entrepreneur told the Daily Mail that Mr Ross had called the company which runs the villas on the island and found somebody had dropped out so Mr Johnson got use of the villa but Mr Ross "did not pay any monies whatsoever for this".

Under the heading "nature and value of benefit in kind (or amount of any donation)", Mr Johnson's entry in the register stated: "Accommodation for a private holiday for my partner and me, value £15,000".

The senior opposition MP said he remained dissatisfied with the explanations provided by Downing Street.

The Opposition has called on the PM to provide answers or face an inquiry. Johnson, who had wanted to minimize any disruption from his long-planned cabinet revamp, quickly replaced Sajid Javid with his deputy Rishi Sunak, a loyal supporter of the prime minister who is often put before the media to sell government policy.

He added that "transparency is crucial to ensuring that the public have confidence that elected members of this house have not been unduly influenced by any donations or gifts that they may receive".

A spokesman for the Grimsby-born businessman, reportedly worth more than £650 million, told the newspaper: "Boris Johnson did not stay in David Ross's house".

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "All transparency requirements have been followed, as set out in the Register of Members' Financial Interests".

"This was a benefit in kind from David Ross, a friend and former colleague".

Asked about Mr Johnson's declaration in the Commons Register, the spokesman said: "I believe it is a mistake".

The jaunt provided Mr Johnson with a break after the election campaign which produced a Conservative landslide for the first time since the 1980s.

Mr Johnson faced criticism at the time for failing to cut his festive break short when global tensions rose after the USA killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on January 3.

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