Jeremy Corbyn forced to say sorry for hiding freebie trip to New York given to him by anti-nukes group

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JEREMY Corbyn has been forced to issue a grovelling apology for failing register a trip to New York paid for by the leftie CND group.

The Labour leader was rapped by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards for breaking parliamentary rules by not declaring the freebie.

Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for failing to declare a freebie trip
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The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament splashed out £859 to pay for the then backbench MP to fly to the United States and put him up in a hotel, in April 2014.

Under parliamentary rules, MPs have to declare all freebies costing £660 or more.

But Mr Corbyn failed to record the trip at the time on the Register of Members’ Interests, and only informed the parliamentary authorities of it in December.

The Labour leader has faced criticism for not declaring his controversial trip to Tunisia made in the same year.

But he still furiously denies the trip – bankrolled by the Tunisian government – needed to be registered, claiming it cost £656 – just £4 under the limit.

The failure to register this visit was a complete oversight for which I apologise unreservedly


Jeremy Corbyn

The Commissioner said the Labour leader breached the code by failing to register the CND trip.

In a report, released this afternoon, the watchdog said: “The member acknowledged his breach of the rules and apologised unreservedly for it.”

In a letter to the commissioner, Mr Corbyn admitted he broke the rules.

He said: “There is one visit that should have been registered, but my office and I omitted to register, for which I take full responsibility – my April 2014 trip to the UN in New York to attend the Non proliferation of Nuclear weapons preparatory committee, funded by the campaign for nuclear disarmament.

“The failure to register this visit was a complete oversight for which I apologise unreservedly.

“I can only imagine that we overlooked registration in this instance due to an incorrect assumption that the trip would be below threshold.

“Most of my overseas trips and visits have been inexpensive and under the threshold for declaration.”


Tory MP Mark Francois told The Sun: “What this report shows is that Jeremy Corbyn, a man who aspires to run the country, can barely run his own office.

“It is particularly important for a man in his position to declare any interest scrupulously.

“The fact that he has been found at fault by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards raises the question, if this man cannot run his own office how on earth can he run the country?”

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