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Boris Johnson broke House of Commons finance rules

BORIS JOHNSON broke parliamentary rules by failing to declare a financial interest within the required time limit, the Commons standards committee has found.

The former foreign secretary should have registered a 20 per cent share of the ownership of a property in Somerset in January 2018, within 28 days of acquiring it.

The failure came after he had given assurances that his entry in the record of MPs’ interests was up to date, following a previous breach. The committee said it showed ‘an over-casual attitude towards obeying the rules of the House’ and ‘a lack of effective organisation within his office’.

It ordered him to meet the registrar of members’ financial interests for a briefing on his obligations.

The committee added it would consider further rule breaches as a matter which may call for ‘more serious sanction’. It noted there was no evidence of any intention to deceive and acknowledged he had made repeated apologies.

Last December, Mr Johnson apologised after a report found he had been late in registering financial interests four times.