900,000 francs and free vacation from a related entrepreneur
Boris Johnson took financial help when he was prime minister
Boris Johnson is said to have received a loan of CHF 900,000 from a distantly related Canadian entrepreneur during his time as British Prime Minister. At the same time, he applied for a lucrative post in a British organization.
Had financial support during his tenure: British ex-Prime Minister Boris Johnson (58).
According to a report in the Sunday Times, former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (58) received financial support during his tenure – and did not make this public.
According to the report, a Canadian entrepreneur distantly related to Johnson vouched for a consumer loan of around CHF 900,000 available from February 2021. Johnson and his family are also said to have taken several vacations at one of the man’s luxury estates in the Caribbean without paying for it.
Potential Conflict of Interest
It is particularly piquant that the entrepreneur is said to have applied for the management of the British cultural institute British Council at the same time. It is a non-profit organization for the promotion of international relations. The entrepreneur was turned down, but Johnson should have made the circumstances of the loan and free vacation rental public, according to the newspaper, given the potential conflict of interest.
Confronted with this, a spokesman for Johnson told the “Sunday Times” that neither the ex-prime minister nor the seat of government Downing Street were aware of the Canadian entrepreneur’s application to the British Council at the time and did not support it. “All of Boris Johnson’s financial interests have been duly reported,” the spokesman said.
Lush fees for speeches
According to the report, Johnson’s salary as head of government of around CHF 186,000 a year was apparently not enough to finance his lifestyle – and he got into trouble.
Johnson is now making a lot more money. Although he is still a member of parliament, he has already collected CHF 1.36 million in speech fees since his forced resignation in September. It was only recently revealed that he received a one-off donation of £1million in December. It is speculated that he is currently preparing a comeback as prime minister. (ced/SDA)