British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters in Britain that he did not see the conclusion of a report launched into a holiday he took from December 26, 2019 to January 5, 2020, but that there was “no case to answer.”
The issue surrounds a ten-day vacation spent in Mustique, part of the Grenadines island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The findings are that Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds occupied the villa Oceanus, owned by an American couple Craig and Sarah Richardson.
Sarah confirmed that they had rented the villa. Oceanus is a six room Moorish styled villa designed and built by Swedish architect Arne Hasselqvst in the 1970s. It was upgraded in 2016.
Controversy swirled following Johnson’s declaration that the £15,000.00 accommodation was a benefit in kind from Tory donor David Ross.
Ross’ villa was not available at the time and according to him, he had not paid “any monies” for the trip but “facilitated” accommodation for the Prime Minister.
He allowed the Mustique Company to use his own villa to compensate for the Prime Minister’s holiday.
The vacationers bought their flights, and accepted the holiday accommodation as a gift.
Johnson’s overseas holiday came under scrutiny by the Parliamentary Commissioner of Standards Kathryn Stone.
This is an Independent Officer in the House of Commons overseeing the code of conduct and rules for Members of Parliament.
She contended that Johnson broke the rules not having “fulfilled conscientiously” the requirements to register donations.
Mustique has emerged as a unique community, dubbed as a stomping ground for the rich and famous. Celebrities of every ilk frequent the haven.
A promotion of the destinations highlights that “visitors are charmed by the island life, the unequivocal hospitality and friendliness of the staff and sense of wellbeing this holiday island gives them as they return every year; not to mention that Mustique ‘prides itself on the privacy’ of its clients.