Johnson Hit by U.K. Court Ruling on Unpaid 535-Pound Debt

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose personal finances have been dominating British media headlines in recent weeks, has been hit with a U.K. court judgment against him over an unpaid debt of 535 pounds ($756).

A County Court entered the judgment in October last year, a search of court records confirmed. The debt ruling was first reported by the satirical magazine Private Eye. The court does not say what the debt is for or who the creditor is, but it lists Johnson’s official Downing Street residence as his address.

“An application will be made for an order to set aside the default judgment, to strike out the claim and for a declaration that the claim is totally without merit,” a spokesperson for Johnson’s office said by email.

While the claim is modest in itself it will fuel the impression that Johnson is struggling to manage his finances.

The premier is facing several investigations into the arrangements he made for paying for the refurbishment of his Downing Street apartment. He’s also under investigation by parliamentary authorities over how he paid for a luxury holiday to the Caribbean island of Mustique.

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