BORIS JOHNSON has been rebuked for failing to seek official guidance before resuming his Daily Telegraph column after he quit as foreign secretary.
He was also told he broke the rules by starting a few days after leaving office instead of waiting three months.
The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, which vets jobs given to former ministers and senior officials, said it was ‘unacceptable’ that he signed a contract with the newspaper before contacting them.
It said Mr Johnson broke the ministerial code by only notifying them on July 26, two weeks after he signed the contract and after the paper announced that he would be resuming the weekly column.
In a letter to Mr Johnson, Acoba said not contacting it ‘was failure of your duty to seek advice’.