Corbyn didn’t declare wreath-laying trip to Tunisia

Jeremy Corbyn did not declare his controversial wreath-laying trip to Tunisia, raising the possibility that he broke Parliamentary rules.

Jeremy Corbyn did not declare his controversial wreath-laying trip to Tunisia, raising the possibility that he broke Parliamentary rules.

Corbyn’s own account of his trip to Tunisia states that he was in the country on 1 October 2014 when “wreaths were laid at the graves of those who died on that day and on the graves of others killed by Mossad agents in Paris in 1991”. He is also reported to have attended a conference on 30 September 2014 as part of the same trip.

But an examination of Parliament’s Register of Interests shows that Corbyn never declared the trip. Parliamentary rules state that MPs must declare “any visits to destinations outside the UK where the cost is over £300 if that cost is not wholly borne by the Member or by UK public funds.”

While it is possible that Corbyn paid for the trip himself, an entry in the Lords Register of Interests suggests it may have been paid for. A “visit to Tunisa” registered by Conservative peer Lord Sheikh matches the dates of Corbyn’s trip and Corbyn’s statement that the visit was at the “invitation of the President of Tunisia”. There is no suggestion that Sheikh joined Corbyn at the wreath-laying.

Corbyn did register similar trips in the same year, such as his visit to Iran in January 2014, raising questions over the omission of his Tunisia trip. He could now face investigation for breaking Parliamentary rules if the trip was paid for by a third party.

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