Boris Johnson was gifted holiday by businessman

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British finance minister Sajid Javid resigned today, a surprise move that underlined Prime Minister Boris Johnson's desire to tighten his grip on government in a long-planned reshuffle by jettisoning a minister who refused to toe the line.

"'The public deserves to know who is paying for their Prime Minister's jaunts".

Lord Peter Ricketts, who was the UK's National Security Adviser between 2010 and 2012, said the prime minister should have realised that "the world doesn't stop over Christmas and New Year", and said Johnson was "caught short" by the diplomatic crisis.

The matter revolves around the latest version of the House of Commons register of interest; in it, Johnson detailed a trip to St Vincent and the Grenadines in the Caribbean.

The prime minister had faced calls to "come clean" over who paid for the luxury break on the island of Mustique after Mr Ross, who Mr Johnson said was responsible, denied funding the trip.

According to the MPs' register of interests, the accommodation, which cost 15,000 pounds, was covered by David Ross, the co-founder of Carphone Warehouse.

But a spokesman for Ross told the Daily Mail newspaper that while he helped put Johnson in touch with companies providing accommodation he did not front up money or the villa.

He said: "Boris wanted some help to find somewhere in Mustique, David called the company who run all the villas and somebody had dropped out".

Mr Johnson's entry in the Commons Register of Members' Interests recorded that the trip was a "benefit in kind" from Mr Ross.

The person named by Boris Johnson as having paid for the holiday, David Ross, denied that he did so though has stated that he "facilitated the accommodation" - which Labour says "leaves questions unanswered".

A spokesperson for Ross said: "Boris Johnson did not stay in David Ross's house".

"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".

Sunak, who once worked for investment bank Goldman Sachs and is married to the daughter of an Indian billionaire, is seen by many Conservatives as a safe pair of hands who will easily get on board with Johnson's agenda for a post-Brexit Britain. The entry made by the Prime Minister therefore appears to be incorrect.

Downing Street sources have insisted Mr Johnson's holiday, which lasted from December 26 to January 5, was properly declared.

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

Mr Johnson faced criticism at the time of his break for failing to cut his festive break short after the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by a USA air strike on 3 January.

Johnson's trip to the Carribean was controversial at the time as he was accused of failing to return to the United Kingdom quickly enough to respond to an escalation in tensions between British ally the U.S. and Iran.



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