Claims that Boris Johnson wished to nominate his lover to a authorities job had been heard ministers way back to 2018, a diary entry suggests.
A narrative printed within the Times newspaper over the weekend claimed Carrie Johnson, then Carrie Symonds, was set to be made a particular advisor on the international workplace on a six-figure wage.
But regardless of publishing the story in its print version the newspaper eliminated it from its subsequent digital version and didn’t publish it on its web site. The newspaper is but to touch upon the transfer.
Downing Street has confirmed that it performed a component in having the story pulled.
A spokesperson for Carrie Johnson has categorically denied the claims, whereas a No 10 supply has described it as a “grubby, discredited story”.
But it’s not the primary time the allegations have appeared. The story appeared in a essential biography of Carrie Johnson by the Conservative donor and peer Lord Ashcroft.
The declare was additionally talked about in a diary stored by Alan Duncan, who was on the time a minister of state on the international workplace.
In his printed diaries he famous on Sunday twenty second April 2018: “Apparently Carrie Symonds, head of press in Conservative HQ, is due to become a SPAD in the FCO. It’s the first I’ve heard of it.”
The authentic story printed by the Times claimed that the concept fell aside when Mr Johnson’s closest advisers realized of the concept to rent Ms Symonds.
At the time Mr Johnson was married to Marina Wheeler, a barrister.
If it existed, the alleged plan by no means got here to fruition and Mr Duncan, who has now retired, didn’t point out it once more.
Ms Johnson was beforehand generally known as Carrie Symonds earlier than marrying the prime minister. She labored at Conservative head workplace.
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