Dispute over allegations Boris and Carrie Johnson ‘broke Covid lockdown rules’ last Christmas – .

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Dispute over allegations Boris and Carrie Johnson ‘broke Covid lockdown rules’ last Christmas – .


An argument erupted last night over allegations that Boris Johnson and his now wife Carrie broke Covid lockdown rules last Christmas by allowing his best friend to stay with them in Downing Street.

The Prime Minister has denied claims by US magazine Harper’s that political activist Nimco Ali “spent Christmas with the couple at No.10 despite pandemic restrictions on holiday gatherings.”

The article also said Ms Johnson had ‘modeled’ her wardrobe and public image on the Duchess of Cambridge, but it was ‘bitter’ that the Duchess received better publicity.

Spokesmen for the Prime Minister and Ms Johnson said both claims were false.

The couple’s 4,500-word profile indicates Ms Johnson has “gathered an impressive tribunal around her” while the Prime Minister is a “lone figure” and “quite afraid” of her.

He claims he’s spending “more and more time downstairs” at No. 10 reading – including a book by his ex-wife Marina Wheeler, because he “doesn’t want to ride it”.

An argument erupted last night over allegations that Boris Johnson and his now wife Carrie broke Covid lockdown rules last Christmas by allowing his best friend to stay with them in Downing Street

The Harper article is written by Lara Prendergast, editor-in-chief of The Spectator magazine, edited by Mr Johnson before he entered politics and who has close ties to Downing Street.

In the article, she describes how she made her claims about the Christmas rally at No.10. She says a spokesperson told her “The Prime Minister and Mrs Johnson are following the rules at all times on coronavirus ”- but did not deny the request.

She adds that Miss Ali, godmother of the Johnson’s son Wilfred, “has not responded to repeated requests for comment.”

Last Christmas, London was under Tier 4 restrictions, meaning people shouldn’t have mingled with anyone outside of their homes except in the support and childcare bubbles.

It was later revealed that the role, for which she is paid £ 350 per day for around two days of work per month, had not been openly advertised.

Reports claim Carrie’s best friend political activist Nimco Ali spent Christmas with the Johnsons at No 10, despite lockdown restrictions on holiday gatherings

The profile indicates that Miss Ali “is regularly sent to fight for Carrie in the press”.

The article also suggests that Ms Johnson, 33, who married the Prime Minister in May and is now expecting their second child, sees the Duchess of Cambridge as a rival.

“Carrie is said to model both her fashion sense and her press operations on Catherine,” writes Miss Prendergast.

“A confidant told me that Carrie was often concerned about the Duchess and expressed her bitterness over Kate’s ability to generate positive stories about herself in the UK press. “

The allegations were strongly refuted last night. A No 10 spokesperson said: ‘The Prime Minister and Ms Johnson have always followed the rules on coronaviruses. It is totally wrong to suggest otherwise.

And a spokesperson for Ms Johnson said it was ‘hogwash’ to suggest she was inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge or that she was ‘bitter’.

The article also stated that Ms Johnson had

The article also claimed that Ms Johnson was

The article also said Ms Johnson had ‘modeled’ her wardrobe and public image on the Duchess of Cambridge, but was ‘bitter’ that the Duchess received better publicity.

Elsewhere in the article, Miss Prendergast praises Ms Johnson, a former Tory HQ communications chief, ‘brand-driven’, for cleaning up the PM’s ‘shabby image’ and having it brought to embrace “progressive” causes such as animal welfare and women’s rights.

She notes: “She saw in him a project… a man with enormous popularity but few allies and friends, a right-wing political beast to be revived with the tastes of sensitive millennials in mind.

“The Conservatives were known as the ‘bad party’. Under Carrie, they get cute.

The article says Ms Johnson has “built an impressive tribunal around her and is more media savvy” than most ministers. But Miss Prendergast questions his methods.

She writes: “The Downing Street press office seems terrified of her. She is said to pass information on to contacts to see where it shows up next and lash out at those she thinks she cannot trust.

A 4,500-word profile of the couple claimed the PM was spending

A 4,500-word profile of the couple claimed the Prime Minister was spending “more and more time downstairs” reading No. 10 – including The Lost Homestead, a book by his ex-wife Marina Wheeler, because ‘he’ doesn’t want to take him upstairs. ‘

The magazine says Mr Johnson is staying more and more in his No.10 study instead of joining his wife in their official apartment.

He adds, “He likes to read The Spectator late at night,” a former assistant tells me. A copy of The Lost Homestead, the new book by his ex-wife Marina Wheeler (on her Indian heritage), was seen open in her office.

The profile also questions how questions about certain aspects of Ms Johnson’s conduct are dismissed, adding: “Any attempt to examine her growing political influence is seen as misogynistic. “

“Previously, a prime minister’s wife would have faced minimal press intrusion… but the current situation is different. “

The article concludes: “To many people it seems… a little strange that a 33-year-old woman who specializes in political guidance has such an apparent influence on policy-making. She is not elected and, in many ways, is not accountable.

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