Last night, Labour sought an investigation into whether Boris Johnson broke the ministerial code by flying into a by-election to the campaign.
In April, the Prime Minister flew to Hartlepool on a taxpayer-funded official private plane.
After it was revealed that the Conservatives had spent ‘zero’ on transportation, Deputy Leader Angela Rayner demanded an investigation.
Ministers are prohibited from using government resources for party political reasons, according to the rules.
However, when Mr. Johnson went to the North-East for a Government visit to Middlesbrough, the Conservatives denied violating the code.
He was then driven to Hartlepool in an official vehicle, which is permitted for security reasons, according to a spokesperson.
On April 1, five days after the Hartlepool election campaign began, Mr. Johnson travelled to Teesside.
He rode in a motorcade to a B&Q in Middlesbrough to urge a minimum wage increase, then met Tory candidate Jill Mortimer to go door-knocking, leafleting, and talking to voters at a nearby company and a housing estate.
Miss Rayner demanded a probe in a letter to Lord Geidt, the Government’s ethical adviser.
‘Once again, the Prime Minister acts as though the rules do not apply to him,’ she added. ‘Taxpayer funds should not be utilized to support the Conservative Party’s electoral campaigns.’
‘The Prime Minister has certainly broken the Ministerial Code, and he can’t say he wasn’t aware of what was going on this time.’
‘The Prime Minister’s disrespect for the laws controlling election costs and the norms that are supposed to protect standards in our public life demonstrates that he is only ever interested in benefitting himself rather than acting in the best interests of the British people.’