Boris's worst scandals and controversies as he faces partygate furore

Boris Johnson’s litany of lies: the PM’s multiple public and private scandals from lockdown-busting parties and cash for the No10 flat to misleading the Queen, cocaine and multiple affairs

  • Mr Johnson’s public and private life have been littered with lies over the years
  • Was sacked as a journalist and fired by Tory leader Michael Howard over affair
  • Eventually thrown out by now ex-wife Marina, Carrie since dragged into mire
  • 他自己承认, 鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson)‘s mistakes ‘are too numerous to list in full’.

    But as Downing Street is engulfed by yet another 封锁 party scandal with the Prime Minister at its heart, even his keenest Tory supporters are in ‘despair’.

    Mr Johnson’s public and private life have been littered with lies, which saw him sacked as a journalist, fired by Tory leader Michael Howard over an affair and eventually thrown out by his wife Marina, who believed he was having an illicit relationship with 凯莉·西蒙兹(Carrie Symonds).

    His new wife Carrie has also been dragged into the mire, in the mess caused by the couple’s controversial revamp of their Downing Street flat, complete with gold wallpaper, having accused 特蕾莎·梅 of making it a ‘bit of a tip’.

    And following his election as Tory leader, he was even accused of treason and accused of misleading the Queen over the prorogation of Parliament to force through Brexit after the Supreme Court ruled the move as ‘unlawful’ .

    His own missteps and misinformation has also seen him apologise for a multitude of other errors, including saying Liverpudlians were ‘hooked on griefafter Hillsborough.

    Here is a list of his most infamous lies and controversies:

    Parties at No 10

    Boris Johnson seems unable to give a straight answer on allegations of multiple parties at No 10 throughout national lockdowns.

    Boris Johnson seems unable to give a straight answer on allegations of multiple parties at No 10 throughout national lockdowns.

    Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said Mr Johnson's decision to swerve the confrontation - emulated by most Tory MPs - 'speaks volumes'.

    Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said Mr Johnson’s decision to swerve the confrontationemulated by most Tory MPs‘speaks volumes’.

    In highly-charged scenes, MPs including the DUP's Jim Shannon and Labour's Afzal Khan spoke emotionally about their own bereavements during the pandemic and called for clarity on what had happened in No10.

    In highly-charged scenes, MPs including the DUP’s Jim Shannon and Labour’s Afzal Khan spoke emotionally about their own bereavements during the pandemic and called for clarity on what had happened in No10.

    Boris Johnson seems unable to give a straight answer on allegations of multiple parties at No 10 throughout national lockdowns.

    A bombshell email revealed that the Prime Minister’s Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds invited 100 Downing Street staff to the event in the No 10 garden at a time when lockdown rules meant all parties were illegal.

    Mr Reynolds encouraged staff to ‘bring your own boozeand ‘make the most of the lovely weather’ 在5月 20 2020.

    Witnesses said the Prime Minister and his wife Carrie attended the event along with up to 40 官员.

    It also threatened to place Mr Johnson at the centre of the alleged party culture in No 10, which is already being investigated by Whitehall ethics chief Sue Gray.

    The PM yesterday did not deny attending the party, saying only: ‘All that, 如你所知, is the subject of a proper investigation by Sue Gray.Barrister Adam Wagner, an expert on Covid regulations, said that on the basis of what was known, the gathering was ‘unlikely to be legal for attendees’.

    He was branded a ‘serial liarby former attorney general Dominic Grieve, while Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross said it would be ‘utterly despicableif he flouted rules, 说: ‘The Prime Minister can settle this right now, he can tell people: was he at the party or not?’

    The premier stood accused of going into ‘hidingafter sending a junior minister to field an urgent question in the Commons this afternoon.

    In highly charged scenes, MPs including the DUP’s Jim Shannon and Labour’s Afzal Khan spoke emotionally about their own bereavements during the pandemic and called for clarity on what had happened in No10.

    Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said Mr Johnson’s decision to swerve the confrontationemulated by most Tory MPs‘speaks volumes’.

    Mr Johnson is under growing pressure following a series of allegations of rule-breaking stories that are now being investigated.

    A photograph emerged of Mr Johnson and his wife sitting with No 10 staff including Martin Reynolds on the terrace with a bottle of wine and cheese.

    Downing Street has previously insisted that the photograph showed a work meeting.

    There was also controversy following footage of No 10 staff laughing and joking about an event on December 19 2020.

    In that video, the Prime Minister’s then spokesperson Allegra Stratton suggested that there had been ‘no social distancing’ 在活动中, which staff jokingly referred to as a ‘business meetingwith ‘cheese and wine’.

    Wallpapergate

    Although the PM was yet again cleared of breaking the ministerial code over the 'wallpapergate' scandal by his sleaze watchdog Lord Geidt, he had to make a 'humble and sincere apology' for not giving him the crucial text messages months earlier.

    Although the PM was yet again cleared of breaking the ministerial code over the ‘wallpapergatescandal by his sleaze watchdog Lord Geidt, he had to make a ‘humble and sincere apologyfor not giving him the crucial text messages months earlier.








    Johnson faces sleaze claims after it emerged that he had helped advance a pet project of the Tory donor who paid for the Downing Street flat revamp.

    The Prime Minister told Lord Brownlow he was looking into his idea for a new Great Exhibitionand soon afterwards the businessman had a meeting with the Culture Secretary to discuss it.

    Mr Johnson mentioned the plan in a previously hidden WhatsApp conversation in which he also asked the peer for more money for the lavish redecoration of the No 11 living quarterscomplaining that it was ‘still a bit of a tip’.

    Although the PM was yet again cleared of breaking the ministerial code over the ‘wallpapergatescandal by his sleaze watchdog Lord Geidt, he had to make a ‘humble and sincere apologyfor not giving him the crucial text messages months earlier.

    The revelations about his promotion of the proposed event at the Royal Albert Hallalthough it never went aheadhave prompted new accusations of ‘cash for access’.

    Mr Johnson and his now-wife Carrie had hired top interior designer Lulu Lytle to transform the ‘John Lewis furniture nightmareleft by Theresa May in the PM’s flat, using gold wallpaper costing £840 a roll.

    A number of official probes were launched into the secret plans to get a charitable trust, funded by Conservative party donors, to pay for the upkeep of Downing Street including the flat.

    Independent Adviser on Ministerial Interests Lord Geidt concluded in May that Mr Johnson had acted ‘unwiselyby not finding out who was behind the renovation, but had not breached the ministerial code.

    But his judgment was based on the PM’s assurance that he had not known about the complex funding arrangements for the £112,549 refurbishment until February.

    This was undermined last month when a separate Electoral Commission report revealed that Mr Johnson had in fact messaged Lord Brownlow in November 2020.

    It prompted Lord Geidt to demand answers as to why he had not been told about the WhatsApp messages or the fact that the political funding watchdog had got hold of them.

    In correspondence on the ‘missing exchangepublished by the Cabinet Office, Lord Geidt said it was ‘plainly unsatisfactoryhe had not been given all the relevant messages.

    Downing Street’s explanation was that the Prime Minister had to change his mobile phone after gossip newsletter Popbitch revealed that his number was publicly available online.

    Misleading the Queen to shut down Parliament















    The Prime Minister was accused of misleading the Queen over the prorogation of Parliament after the Supreme Court ruled the move as ‘unlawful’ 在 2019.

    In a devastating ruling, 的 11 justices agreed unanimously that the five-week prorogation in the run-up to Brexit was ‘void and of no effect’.

    The judges refused to say if he had lied to the Queenbut many of Johnson’s critics claim the ruling is tacit confirmation that he misled the monarch.

    Mr Johnson is said to have called the Queen to personally apologise for embarrassing her after the Supreme Court ruled the prorogation of Parliament was unlawful.

    A Downing Street source said Mr Johnson ‘got on to the Queen as quickly as possible to say how sorry he wasafter the ruling almost three years ago.

    But later asked if he had lied to the monarch about his reasons for the suspension of Commons business, 他回答: “Absolutely not.”

    Under British law, a crime of disloyalty against the crown is known as high treason.

    Regularly thought of as the most serious of offences, the charge is traditionally met with the severest sentencing possible as it is seen as threatening the state.

    The usual punishment, up until the 19th century, was to be hung, drawn and quartered.

    Forgetting whether or not he had ever taken cocaine








    Boris Johnson has faced repeated questioning over his own drug-taking history in recent years.

    The issue burst into life during the 2019 Tory leadership election which he went on to win, after it emerged that Michael Govenow the Levelling Up Secretaryhad taken cocaine.

    Mr Johnson has admitted on several occasions to taking the drug at university.

    在一个 2005 appearance on Have I Got News For You he said he ‘unsuccessfullytried to take cocaine ‘a long time agobecause he had sneezed.

    两年后, 在 2007, he told GQ magazine he ‘tried it at universityand ‘remembered it vividly’, 加: ‘It achieved no pharmacological, psychotropical or any other effect on me whatsoever.

    But the remarks came back to haunt him as he sought the keys to number 10 在 2019. Asked about the GQ remarks by the Daily Mail he flailed before saying: ‘I think the canonical account of this event when I was 19 has appeared many, many times.

    ‘I think what most people in this country want us to focus on is what we can do for them and this great country.

    In the same election campaign he owned up to cycling on the pavement today as the ‘naughtiestthing he would admit to having done.

    总理, known as a keen cyclist who was mayor of 伦敦 when the so-called Boris Bikes were introduced, apologised for having ‘not always obeyed the lawfor the leg-powered two-wheeled vehicles.

    But pulled up on Sky over whether this was the naughtiest thing that he had ever done he insisted that he was agreeing with a caveat from interviewer Sophy Ridge that it not be something ‘terminally politically damaging’.

    His relationship with Jennifer Arcuri

    Jennifer Arcuri has claimed that she and Boris Johnson had four-year affair while he was mayor of London.

    Jennifer Arcuri has claimed that she and Boris Johnson had four-year affair while he was mayor of London.















    Jennifer Arcuri has claimed that she and Boris Johnson had four-year affair while he was mayor of London.

    She stated that she and Mr Johnson, who was Mayor of London at the time, began the affair during his second term in office when he was married to now ex-wife, high-flying barrister Marina Wheelerwith whom he shares two sons and two daughters.

    At the time she received thousands of pounds of taxpayersmoney in grants for her firms.

    In November last year she said he pledged to help her firm in order to ‘win my lovewhile he was mayor of London.

    In a diary extract seen by the Observer, she accused Mr Johnson of promising to use his own political power to help US tech entrepreneur while they were in a relationship.

    The GLA is investigating her presence at trade missions carried out to boost business for the capital, which she attended events for.

    Boris Johnson has never publicly commented on the alleged affair but has said he acted with ‘honesty and integrity’.

    Being sacked by Michael Howard for lying about affair with Petronella Wyatt

    在 2004, when reports of his affair with Petronella Wyatt were published, Johnson dismissed them as 'an inverted pyramid of piffle'.

    在 2004, when reports of his affair with Petronella Wyatt were published, Johnson dismissed them as ‘an inverted pyramid of piffle’.

    Days later her mother revealed the socialite, 35, had an abortion as a result of the relationship. Within hours Johnson, then editor of the Spectator magazine, was sacked as Michael Howard's shadow arts minister

    Days later her mother revealed the socialite, 35, had an abortion as a result of the relationship. Within hours Johnson, then editor of the Spectator magazine, was sacked as Michael Howard’s shadow arts minister

    在 2004, when reports of his affair with Petronella Wyatt were published, Johnson dismissed them as ‘an inverted pyramid of piffle’.

    His affair with Spectator columnist ‘Petsy,’ daughter of the late Lord Woodrow Wyatt, had been the subject of months of innuendo in gossip columns.

    Days later the pyramid toppled over after her mother revealed the socialite, 35, had an abortion as a result of the relationship.

    Within hours Johnson, then editor of the Spectator magazine, had been sensationally sacked as Michael Howard’s shadow arts minister for lying.

    He has insisted that he never spoke directly to Tory leader Mr Howard – who had initially stood by Johnson – about the affair.

    Asked shortly after he was sacked if he had lied to Mr Howard, Johnson claimed: '没有, I certainly didn’t.

    At the time his friends said he had only spoken to Guy Black, Mr Howard’s press secretary, when a Sunday newspaper first broke the story of the affair.

    But Tory officials said: ‘He completely denied it to Guy Black, David MacLean (the Tory chief whip) and the Press. Is he seriously suggesting it was OK to lie to newspapers providing he did not lie to the party leader’s face?’

    Boris was asked about it in a notorious interview with Eddie Mair and said: ‘I never had any conversation with Michael Howard about that matter.’

    Boris on giving an Old Etonian friend a journalist’s address so he could dole out acouple of black eyes and broke rib

    The attack never happened and Mr Johnson said in 2013 he was just 'humouring' an old acquaintance.

    The attack never happened and Mr Johnson said in 2013 he was just ‘humouringan old acquaintance.

    在夏天 1990 Johnson was rung by his Eton and Oxford pal Darius Guppy for help in tracking down a journalist. Guppy had arranged to have himself and his business partner in a gemstones company tied up in a New York hotel room to make it look as if they had been robbed of jewels worth £1.8m. They then claimed the cash under their insurance.

    When Stuart Collier, a reporter at the News of the World, had begun making inquiries into the affair, Guppy decided to frighten him off and phoned Boris – then a journalist based in Brussels – for Collier’s address.

    The 21-minute conversation was secretly taped by accomplice, Peter Risdon, who had turned against Guppy. Asking if he has Collier’s number, Johnson replies: ‘There is a guy at the moment going through his files.

    After Guppy says ‘there is nothing I won’t do to get my revengeJohnson asks: ‘嗯, how badly are you going to hurt this guy?’

    Guppy says he won’t have his arms broken but adds: ‘He will probably get a couple of black eyes and a cracked rib…but he will get scared.Johnson says he has approached four people to trace Collier, only two of whom he trusts. By the end of the conversation, 他说: '好的, Darry, I said I’ll do it and I’ll do it. Don’t worry.

    The attack never happened and Mr Johnson said in 2013 he was just ‘humouringan old acquaintance.

    His former boss at the paper, Max Hastings, wrote in the Daily Mail in 2012: ‘If the day ever comes that Boris Johnson becomes tenant of Downing Street, I shall be among those packing my bags for a new life in Buenos Aires or suchlike, because it means that Britain has abandoned its last pretensions to be a serious country.

    Sacked by The Times after putting words into his godfather’s mouth

    Johnson decided to spice up the story with a reference to gay sex among the royals and then fabricated a comment from an Oxford don, Sir Colin Lucas (剩下)

    Johnson decided to spice up the story with a reference to gay sex among the royals and then fabricated a comment from an Oxford don, Sir Colin Lucas (剩下)

    After graduating from Oxford in 1987, Johnson became a trainee journalist with The Times and was given the job of revealing the discovery of King Edward II’s long-lost palace on the south bank of the Thames in London.

    Johnson decided to spice up the story with a reference to gay sex among the royals and then fabricated a comment from an Oxford don, Sir Colin Lucas.

    To make matters worse Lucas was Johnson’s godfather and an expert on the French revolution, not medieval England. The quote from Sir Colin claimed that the King ‘had enjoyed a reign of dissolution with his catamite, Piers Gavestonin the palace, 内置 1325.

    Gaveston was beheaded in 1312. Johnson’s godfather, exposed to academic ridicule, complained and Boris was sacked. In subsequent interviews Johnson described the incident as his ‘biggest cock-up’.

    He insisted he did speak to Lucas but had wrongly attributed his own mistake about Gaveston to him.

    ‘I was asked to provide detail about Edward II. 绝望地, I rang up Colin.

    He brilliantly extemporised some stuff about silken-haired youths and Piers Gaveston which I put in.

    ‘The problem was that the castle had not been constructed while Gaveston was still alive. A lot of whingeing, snivelling, fact-grubbing historians wrote asking sarcastically was this the same Colin Lucas who was an expert on the French revolution.

    ‘I had applied Colin’s description of life in Edward II’s court to the palace which he did not intend.

    Colin showed his ruthlessness in vindicating the accuracy of his remarks.

    ‘To make it even worse, that very week Colin was trying to become master of Balliol College. He later succeeded – but not that time. Of all the mistakes I’ve made, I think that takes the biscuit.

    He later said: '好, 我的意思是, I mildly sandpapered something somebody said, and yes it’s very embarrassing and I’m very sorry about it.’

    On Hillsborough

    Mr Johnson claimed Liverpudlians were 'hooked on grief'. 一些 97 people died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989

    Mr Johnson claimed Liverpudlians were ‘hooked on grief’. 一些 97 people died as a result of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989

    In the same opinion column he also blamed drunken fans for contributing to the horrific death toll. The fans were later exonerated completely by an inquest

    In the same opinion column he also blamed drunken fans for contributing to the horrific death toll. The fans were later exonerated completely by an inquest

    在 2004 Boris Johnson apologised for his ‘outdated stereotypeof Liverpool as he prepared to visit the city to say sorry for remarks made in his magazine about beheaded hostage Ken Bigley.

    He had come under fire over a leader written in The Spectator, which he edits, which claimed Liverpudlians were ‘hooked on grief’.

    In the same opinion column he also blamed drunken fans for contributing to the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, which claimed 96 生活.

    In an open letter in the Liverpool Daily Post, Mr Johnson repeated his apologies for the article.

    他写了: '我很抱歉, 太, for the hurt and dismay we have so evidently caused in our description of Liverpool.

    ‘There may well be Liverpudlians who still answer to the characteristics in question, just as there are all over the country. We should not have generalised.

    ‘And we should clearly not have blamed drunken fans at the back, when this cause was specifically ruled out by the inquiry report.

    ‘Anyone, journalist or politician, should say sorry to the people of Liverpool – 像我这样做 – for misrepresenting what happened at Hillsborough.

    ‘I repeat that the leader made a serious point about risk and sentimentality, and the culture of blame, and I stick by it. In so far as it imposed an outdated stereotype on the whole of Liverpool, and thereby caused offence, I sincerely apologise.

    Vote Leave’s battle bus claiming Brexit would save £350million a week for the health service

    Vote Leave's claim leaving the EU would save Britain £350million a week that could instead by spent on the NHS was a central campaign message that fuelled the Brexit vote.

    Vote Leave’s claim leaving the EU would save Britain £350million a week that could instead by spent on the NHS was a central campaign message that fuelled the Brexit vote.

    Boris Johnson was accused of ‘conningthe public after he reignited an angry row over his claim Brexit will save £350million a week for the NHS.

    Despite critics claiming the figure was made up, Mr Johnson said he believed it was not high enough.

    Then Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson also criticised Mr Johnson over rehabilitating the figure. She branded it a ‘lieduring the referendum battle in 2016.

    Mr Johnson has previously been warned by the statistics watchdog that the figure is wrong because it does not take account of Britain’s rebate from Europe.

    Vote Leave’s claim leaving the EU would save Britain £350million a week that could instead by spent on the NHS was a central campaign message that fuelled the Brexit vote.

    The UK Statistics Authority issued an official statement in May 2016 describing the claim as ‘misleading’, but Mr Johnson repeated it in an article in the Telegraph in September 2017.

    A spokesman for the now Prime Minister said at the time: ‘I should make it clear that because of the interest in this case that it is absolutely denied by Mr Johnson that he acted in an improper or dishonest manner at any time.

    他也是 accused of hypocrisy after it emerged his Brexit battle bus he launched this morning was made in Germany and Poland.

    The former London Mayorone of the leading voices in the Vote Leave campaignkicked off his nationwide tour urging voters to back Brexit in Truro, Cornwall this morning, unveiling the £400,000 giant Vote Leave campaign bus.

    But it was immediately branded the ‘Boris blunder busafter research found that leaving the EU would slap an extra £56,000 to the cost of that type of vehicle.

    ‘I didn’t say anything about Turkey during the Brexit campaign

    Ali Kemal Bey (pictured with his first wife Winifred Brun, seated) had an eye for the ladies, according to his grandson Mr Kuneralp, 72, who is a first cousin Boris's father Stanley

    Ali Kemal Bey spent time in Britain and married before returning to Turkey. He was Mr Johnson’s great-grandfather








    Boris Johnson claimed he did not mention Turkey during the referendum.

    He denied being involved in pushing the claim that 80million Turks would come to Britain unless the UK left the EU.

    But he had co-signed a letter stating that ‘the only way to avoid having common borders with Turkey is to vote Leave and take back control’.

    He was also quoted as saying: ‘I am very pro-Turkish but what I certainly can’t imagine is a situation in which 77 million of my fellow Turks and those of Turkish origin can come here without any checks at all. That is mad – that won’t work.

    His own cousin said at the time: ‘He doesn’t strike me as being very honest’.

    Boris and Mr Kuneralp share the same ancestor, the flamboyant Turkish politicianand AnglophileAli Kemal Bey who spent time in Britain and married before returning to Turkey.

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