The Mayor was yesterday dragged into the MP expense row when it was revealed that, as the Member for Henley, he attempted to claim for a Remembrance Day wreath on expenses. The claim was rejected, and Johnson, who said it was "mistakenly added" to the forms, paid for the wreath from his own amply lined wallet. On this, the umpteenth day of the scandal, the Telegraph has taken the odd decision to expose the minor misdemeanour of its own employee. Does anybody hear the sound of a barrel being scraped? Of more concern perhaps is that, during his final two years in Henley, he claimed the maximum allowance for a second home, a "sprawling farmhouse" whose mortgage was so large Johnson had to top it up from his own funds. However, he did submit additional cost allowance claims that are "among the briefest" of any MP's, covering merely council tax and utilities. His new Islington pad, we can rest assured, was funded for by the mayor himself.
Last Updated 03 June 2009