Lakshmi Mittal among donors to Boris Johnson’s UK PM campaign
Friday 2 August 2019 8:45 AM UTC
LONDON Aug 2: UK-based Indian-origin steel magnate Lakshmi N Mittal contributed 10,000 pounds to back Boris Johnson in his campaign to become the UK’s new Prime Minister last month, according to an official document. The 69-year-old CEO of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, is among a group of wealthy donors logged in the obligatory Register of Members’ Financial Interest maintained by the UK’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards for all MPs to keep a public record of any monetary or linked benefit the country’s lawmakers receive.
Mittal is registered as a “private and individual” donor whose contribution to the Johnson camp was received on July 16, a week before he was declared the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest after he beat former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt to replace Theresa May.
Lakshmi Mittal’s office said the London-based billionaire would not comment on the donation or the related issue of Brexit, which had formed the basis of Johnson’s campaign as part of a “do or die” commitment to exit the European Union (EU) within the October 31 deadline.
The only other Indian-origin name to feature on the updated parliamentary register among Johnson’s recent donors is that of Amit Bhatia, Mittal’s son-in-law who is married to his daughter Vanisha.
The British Indian businessman, who is chairman of the Queens Park Rangers football club, is also registered as a private and individual donor whose donation, “or nature and value if donation in kind”, last month is recorded as being worth 10,000 pounds.
Mittal’s office said the London-based billionaire would not comment on the donation or the related issue of Brexit, which had formed the basis of Johnson’s campaign as part of a “do or die” commitment to exit the European Union (EU) within the October 31 deadline.
The Rajasthan-born steel tycoon was famously caught on camera last year on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, discussing Brexit with former Prime Minister David Cameron, who had called the referendum on Britain’s membership of the 28-member economic bloc in June 2016.
Cameron was seen telling Mittal that Brexit is “a mistake, not a disaster” and that it had turned out “less badly than we first thought”.