Boris Johnson claimed just two days ago there was ‘no cost to the public purse’. He seems to think he can say and do what he likes – and the Cabinet Office seems happy to let him [Image: AFP].

People like Jeremy Hunt have got away with telling falsehoods in Parliament because they said they weren’t aware of the error. It seems Boris Johnson cannot rely on that excuse.

It is understood that Mr Johnson knew there was a £6,000 fee for the use of the Foreign Office Map Room last September. He waived that fee – didn’t charge it, meaning the Treasury lost money – but told Parliament there was no cost to the public purse.

Misleading Parliament is a serious matter.

But it seems he’ll get away with it, due to – what? Corruption in the Cabinet Office?

If he had any honour, he’d put up the money himself. He waived the fee in breach of the rules – he can pay it.

Boris Johnson waived a £6,000 fee for Hard Brexit pals to host a boozy launch party on government property, it’s been revealed.

The Cabinet minister is accused of misleading parliament after he let the Institute for Free Trade (IFT) use the opulent Foreign Office’s Map Room for free.

The Foreign Secretary spoke personally at September’s launch of the IFT, whose founder Daniel Hannan wants Britain to become a low-tax Singapore-style economy after Brexit .

Whitehall’s ethics chief demanded the think tank pay the “full commercial rate” for hiring the room. But the IFT’s fee was still waived – because the event had already happened.

The revelation, contained in newly-released e-mails, comes despite Mr Johnson telling the House of Commons just two days ago: “There was no cost to the public purse.”

Source: Boris Johnson waived £6,000 fee for Hard Brexit pals’ party on opulent government property – Mirror Online

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