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Tycoon admits he DID arrange Boris Johnson £15k Mustique holiday with Carrie Symonds – hours after denying it

U TURN

CARPHONE Warehouse tycoon David Ross today admitted he DID arrange Boris Johnson's £15k Mustique holiday with his girlfriend - hours after denying it.

The PM declared he and Carrie Symonds accepted accommodation for a private holiday in St Vincent and the Grenadines following his election win.

Mr Johnson had declared the Christmas jaunt, naming "Mr David Ross" as the name of the donor for the £15,000 holiday.

But a spokesperson for tycoon Mr Ross initially denied he had paid for the PM's stay.

He told The Daily Mail that Mr Ross had "not put his hand in his pocket whatsoever and can obviously prove that – [he] most definitely did not pay anything and it was not his house".

A spokesman for the businessman said: "Boris Johnson did not stay in David Ross’s house.

"Boris wanted some help to find somewhere in Mustique, David called the company who run all the villas and somebody had dropped out."

Yet hours later, he appeared to U-turn, issuing a statement that admitted the businessman had "facilitated accommodation" for Mr Johnson on Mustique.

They stated the Prime Minister's declaration to the House of Commons was therefore "correct".

At the time Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds went on holiday, it was reported they were visiting the private island Mustique.

The details of the December 26 to January 5 trip were recorded in Mr Johnson’s entry in the Commons register of members’ interests.

Under the “nature of benefit” heading, Mr Johnson’s entry in the register stated: “Accommodation for a private holiday for my partner and me, value £15,000.”

Boris and Carrie’s luxury break is a cut above those taken by previous PMs.

His predecessor Theresa May goes on annual walking holidays around Snowdonia, Wales.

David Cameron was a regular visitor to Cornwall — but took wife Samantha to Lanzarote for a short break.

And in 2009, Gordon Brown took his family to the Lake District.

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