Boris Johnson’s Afghan trip cost over £20,000

Boris Johnson meeting deputy Afghan foreign minister Hekmat Karzai in Kabul Image copyright PA Image caption Mr Johnson held talks with Afghan minister Hekmat Karzai

Labour says Boris Johnson should pay for an overseas trip that caused him to miss a crunch Heathrow vote, after it emerged it cost more than £20,000.

The bill for staff accompanying Mr Johnson – foreign secretary at the time – to Afghanistan in June was £19,366.

The Foreign Office would not reveal the costs for Mr Johnson, saying a figure would be published “in due course”.

He was criticised at the time for missing the vote on a third runway, which he had long opposed.

Conservative MPs were told to back Heathrow expansion, and Mr Johnson would have had to resign from government if he had wanted to vote against.

He has since resigned over Brexit and is now a backbench MP.

Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request by Scottish investigative website The Ferret, the Foreign Office said the trip to Afghanistan had been a “timely opportunity” for the then foreign secretary to “take stock” of progress in the country.

Mr Johnson held talks with senior figures including Afghanistan’s president, and met UK

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