London Mayor Boris Johnson said he would repay almost £2,000 of taxpayers’ money spent on his Birmingham hotel room at the Conservative Party conference if it turns out that he has broken official rules.
A Sunday newspaper claimed Mr Johnson spent £1,955.25 on accommodation for himself and a small group of advisers at the luxury Hyatt Regency hotel last year – possibly putting him in breach of Greater London Authority rules stating that public money must not be used improperly for party political purposes. The mayor said he was there to give a speech in an official capacity and there was “no reason at all” why the bill should not be paid by the taxpayer.
“The mayor goes to party conferences and there is no reason at all why his bill should not be paid by the taxpayer,” Mr Johnson said.
“I don’t believe is it proscribed by our rules of conduct but if it is proscribed then I will certainly pay it back.”
A spokeswoman for the mayor said: “Boris Johnson drove himself to the conference and spent one night only in Birmingham. He stayed in a standard room and his bill was actually £270.”