Downing Avenue has denied Boris Johnson tried to present his now spouse Carrie Johnson a senior job in authorities.
In keeping with The Occasions, the prime minister needed Carrie to be made International Workplace chief of employees on a wage of round £100,000 whereas he was overseas secretary.
It’s understood the pair had been in a relationship on the time, though Johnson was nonetheless married to his earlier spouse, Marina Wheeler.
The plan was reportedly scrapped after Johnson’s advisers intervened.
The Occasions printed the story in its first version on Saturday, but it surely didn’t run in later editions or on-line.
The prime minister’s official spokesperson stated on Monday that whereas he couldn’t touch upon what Johnson did earlier than he turned PM, Downing Avenue officers and Carrie Johnson’s spokeswoman have denied the Occasions story.
He stated: “I’d level you to the denials and statements put out by Mrs Johnson on this and different Quantity colleagues over the weekend.”
Simon Walters, the journalist who write the story, informed The Guardian: “I stand by the story. I went to all of the related individuals over two days. No one provided me an on-the-record denial and Downing St didn’t deny it off the report both.”