The PM dodged a question about his now-wife Carrie Johnson’s PMQ jobs, referring to ‘non-existent media jobs’ but going no further
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Boris Johnson today refused to deny considering a plum job or jobs for his future wife Carrie.
The prime minister was asked if he had ever considered his appointment to a taxpayer-funded government post – or any organization in one of the royal houses.
It comes after the Mirror revealed the Prime Minister had asked Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to approach the Royal Foundation which runs the Earthshot Prize in the fall of 2020 – when she was his fiancée.
According to the Telegraph, the senior official asked the Foundation if Ms Johnson would be suitable for a communications role and if she could expect to be paid. The Palace would have decided that it would be inappropriate.
This followed allegations that Boris Johnson tried to make Carrie his taxpayer-funded 100,000-a-year chief of staff two years earlier when he was Foreign Secretary and she was his girlfriend.
The Mirror also reported an offer from the Prime Minister to secure her an ambassadorial role at the COP 26 climate summit – with officials vetoing it.
There is no indication that Ms Johnson, who was on maternity leave with the couple’s first child at the time, was aware of her husband’s efforts.
Downing Street has denied that the Prime Minister himself ordered Mr Case to approach the charity.
But No10 did not deny being involved in discussions about it, or that Mr Case made a move.
And today Mr Johnson deflected the question – instead referring to non-existent media jobs.
Carrie Johnson never accepted any of the jobs allegedly discussed, so they were by definition non-existent.
Labor MP Chris Elmore asked Boris Johnson: Has he ever considered appointing his current wife to a government post or organization in one of the royal houses?
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Be honest Prime Minister – yes or no!
As Tory MPs moaned loudly and Labor MPs answered yes or no!, Boris Johnson replied: I know why the party opposite wants to talk about non-existent media jobs – because they don’t want to talk of what is happening in the real world.
I am proud to say in fact that we now have 620,000 more people in supervised employment than before the pandemic began, which would never have been possible if we had listened to the right hon. gentleman opposite.
Just hours after The Times published the claim about the Foreign Office’s work first reported in a biography of Tory donor Lord Ashcroft, the story was mysteriously pulled.
The PM’s former senior adviser Dominic Cummings also alleged that Mr Johnson wanted to appoint his wife to a government post at the end of 2020.
Former Foreign Secretary Alan Duncan also mentioned in his diary that then-Carrie Symonds was appointed as a special adviser.
A spokesperson for Ms Johnson said earlier this week: This is an old story, as untrue today as it was then.
Downing Street earlier confirmed that members of Boris Johnson’s team intervened after The Times published the claims about the Foreign Office’s work.
Ms Johnson said the claim was ‘totally untrue’ and No10’s sources said it was a ‘dirty and discredited story’.
A No 10 spokesperson said: ‘I think my political colleagues over the weekend made it clear that the story is not true, as has Ms Johnson’s spokesperson.
Today the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary said: The Prime Minister has never recommended Ms Johnson for a government role or as part of the Earthshot Prize. But she added that she could not speak to any details of private conversations that may or may not have taken place.
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