Boris Johnson broke Whitehall rules when he took up a newspaper column three days after resigning as Foreign Secretary
Whitehall officials said it was “unacceptable” the Uxbridge MP had signed with the Daily Telegraph without seeking clearance – or waiting three months.
The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments polices all ex-Ministerial jobs in a bid to stop them cashing in on their government work.
In a scathing verdict yesterday ACOBA revealed Mr Johnson only told them about the column on July 26 – two weeks after he signed the lucrative contract.
ACOBA chair Baroness Browning said: “The committee sees no reason why the minimum three month waiting period should not have been observed in this case.”
But the body – which two years ago admitted it was largely toothless – conceded it had no power to punish him.
Mr Johnson told the committee that he had only received a letter from Foreign Office mandarins reminding him of his obligations after he signed the deal.
He quit as Foreign Secretary on June 9th in protest over Theresa May’s Brexit proposals.
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