Boris Johnson’s cellular quantity is on the market on-line and has been for 15 years, it emerged tonight.
Common gossip e-newsletter Popb**** gave its readers clues on discover the Prime Minister’s quantity, pointing them to a press launch from his time as MP for Henley in 2006.
The quantity, which the PM hasn’t modified within the 15 years since, is written on the underside of the press launch.
It comes simply days after it was revealed that Mr Johnson refused to alter his quantity, regardless of issues that he was continually being approached for assist as a result of it’s so extensively identified.
Cupboard Secretary Simon Case is alleged to have raised the problem with the PM final yr, telling him he was being requested for assist by MPs, lobbyists and others within the enterprise world so actually because his quantity was too extensively identified.
Downing Avenue declined to touch upon the report and makes an attempt to name the quantity on Thursday evening had been met with an automatic message saying the telephone was ‘switched off’ and an invite to ‘please strive later or ship a textual content’.
The quantity, which the PM hasn’t modified within the 15 years since, is on the market on the web
Common gossip e-newsletter Popb**** gave its readers clues on discover the Prime Minister’s quantity
Readers shortly labored out the PM’s quantity, speeding to social media to crack jokes at Mr Johnson’s expense.
On web site Phonefinder, below an entry for the PM’s supposed quantity, dozens of customers poked enjoyable on the revelation.
One, utilizing the username Dominic Cummings, stated: ‘Informed me his hair was pretend then hung up.’
One other referenced the scandal over the Prime Minister’s flat renovations, joking: ‘Rang to ask if I wished to redecorate my flat. His costs had been a bit steep. He prompt I contact up my neighbours to fund it after which slagged off my John Lewis furnishings. Keep away from.’
Cupboard Secretary Simon Case is alleged to have raised the problem of the PM’s quantity with him
It’s the newest headache for the PM, who got here below fireplace for the ‘Wallpapergate’ row, in addition to ‘sleaze’ claims over textual content messages he despatched to billionaire Sir James Dyson and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Final week, Boris Johnson mounted a livid defence as he got here below fireplace over the leaked non-public texts through which he promised Sir James he would ‘repair’ a tax rule so the tycoon’s workers might assist make ventilators for the NHS.
Sir James wrote an official letter to the Treasury asking for the tax standing of his workers to stay the identical in the event that they moved from Singapore to the UK to provide important ventilators throughout the pandemic.
However in a personal textual content seen by the BBC, Mr Johnson instructed Sir James that he ‘will repair it’ himself.
He then added ‘Rishi says it’s mounted!! We want you right here’.
Simply two weeks later, Rishi Sunak instructed MPs that these coming into the UK to supply assist throughout the pandemic wouldn’t see a change of their tax standing.
It was the newest in a string of cronyism and lobbying questions dealing with the Conservative Get together, after accusations that David Cameron used his affect and contacts to foyer ministers and officers behalf of his financier boss Lex Greensill.
Textual content change between Boris Johnson and Sir James Dyson over the tax standing of his staff
Dyson: ‘We’re prepared. However no person appears to need us to proceed. Sadly, James’
Johnson: ‘I’ll repair it tomo! We want you. It seems improbable’
Johnson: ‘Rishi says it’s mounted!! We want you right here’
Dyson: ‘Thanks! I’ll give the ventilator our all. James’
Dyson: ‘Expensive Boris, I am afraid that we want a response to our letter beneath from Rishi please? We actually want Rishi to reply the letter we despatched (hooked up) – now. Or to make the place clear. Rishi has mounted the Nation Day Depend challenge however not Work Days. The previous is now lined below an ‘Distinctive Circumstances’ umbrella, Work Days will not be. So, he has freed up your capability to be within the UK however to not work there – even in assist of this Nationwide emergency.’
Johnson: ‘James I’m first lord of the treasury and you may take it that we’re backing you to do what you want.’
Simply two weeks later, Chancellor Rishi Sunak instructed MPs that these coming into the UK to supply assist throughout the pandemic wouldn’t see a change of their tax standing.
This included texting Mr Sunak in an unsuccessful effort to safe coronavirus loans.
Hitting again on the BBC’s report, Sir James wrote in the Every day Telegraph: ‘There have been myriad questions, from the technical to medical and compliance.
‘It was on this context that we wrote formally to the Chancellor on March 15 for clarification on how UK tax guidelines would apply throughout this era of unprecedented upheaval. Removed from concealing the textual content exchanges, we shared them explicitly with officers on the Treasury and No10 through e mail on March 28.’
A BBC spokesman stated: ‘The BBC has led the way in which on reporting a big story which is clearly within the public curiosity. Sir James Dyson has knowledgeable us he’s not a outstanding Conservative supporter.’
In the meantime, Sir Keir Starmer immediately trolled Boris Johnson by sampling wallpaper at John Lewis as he gently fanned the flames of the Downing Avenue flat row.
The Labour chief was seen selecting out wallpaper on the division retailer’s Manchester web site, in a delicate dig at his Conservative adversary.
It comes as an incensed Mr Johnson furiously defended himself at yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions over the ‘Wallpapergate’ row – through which he’s accused of utilizing £58,000 of Tory funds for a lavish refurbishment of his Downing Avenue flat.
Yesterday a clearly rattled Mr Johnson used Downing Avenue to insist he paid for the renovations himself and had abided by the ministerial code.
His animated Commons efficiency sparked an explosion of memes on Twitter, as folks poked enjoyable on the politician’s seen fury.
And immediately, Sir Keir, barely late to the social gathering, determined to have a go at a humorous tackle the row.
It has been claimed that Mr Johnson and associate Carrie Symonds labelled the Downing Avenue flat – which he inherited from Prime Ministerial predecessor Theresa Might- a ‘John Lewis nightmare’.
And Sir Keir made a delicate dig on the claims by searching wallpaper at John Lewis at on the Intu Trafford Centre in Manchester.