Downing Street Contacted The Times Before Carrie Johnson Story Was Dropped

Downing Street contacted The Times before a story about Carrie Johnson was dropped by the paper, it was confirmed.

An article in Saturday’s first edition of the newspaper claimed Boris Johnson wanted to make Carrie the Foreign Office’s chief of staff while he was Foreign Secretary, with a salary of around £100,000.

The couple are believed to have been in a relationship at the time, although Johnson was still married to his former wife, Marina Wheeler.

The idea was reportedly scrapped after Johnson’s advisers intervened.

The Times ran the story in its first issue on Saturday, but it has not appeared in subsequent issues or online.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman confirmed today that Number 10 contacted the Times after the story broke.

He said: “We were approached prior to release. We also spoke to them after the release. I don’t know the exact schedule.”

However, the spokesman insisted that the prime minister had not contacted the newspaper himself.

He also said that while he could not comment on what Johnson did before he became Prime Minister, Downing Street officials and Carrie Johnson’s spokeswoman denied the Times story.

He said: “I would like to draw your attention to Ms Johnson’s denials and statements about this and other number colleagues over the weekend.”

Simon Walters, the journalist who wrote the story, told The Guardian: “I stand by the story. I was with all the relevant people for two days. No one has officially offered me a rejection, and Downing St hasn’t officially denied it either.”

The PM’s spokesman also said claims by Dominic Cummings that the PM tried to get his wife a government job between July and September 2020 are “untrue”. Downing Street Contacted The Times Before Carrie Johnson Story Was Dropped

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