Boris Johnson: three decades of scandals, blunders and rows


Orris Johnson has survived a series of scandals, blunders and controversies that could have overshadowed other political careers.

In 1988 Mr Johnson was fired from his first job in journalism as a graduate trainee at The Times for coining a quote.

In 1995 a recording of a telephone conversation surfaced in which he agreed to provide an old friend, Darius Guppy, with the address of a journalist who was investigating him so that he beat her to the extent of “some black-eyed”. Can go And a cracked rib or something like that”.

Mr Johnson was investigated over his relationship with businessman Jennifer Arcuri (PA). , Average PA

In this incident Mr Johnson said that he did not give information.

As a columnist on The Daily Telegraph noted, he was accused of racism and homosexuality for describing Africans as “Piccanines” with “melon smiles” and referring to gay men as “tank-top bum boys”. faced.

In 2018, he sparked further controversy with an article for the paper in which he described Muslim women wearing niqab or burqa as “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”.

Mr Johnson, who has been married three times, has led a colorful private life with allegations of multiple affairs. She never confirmed how many children she had given birth to during and outside the marriage.

In 2004 he was sacked as a shadow minister by then-Tory leader Michael Howard for lying to reporters on reports he had links with columnist Petronella Wyatt, who said he had had two miscarriages.

Mr Johnson was sacked as shadow minister by then-Tory leader Michael Howard (Victoria Jones/PA). , PA Archive

While he was campaigning to become Tory leader in 2019, police were called to the flat of his girlfriend (now wife), Carrie Symonds, after reports of an uproar between the pair.

His first Conservative Party convention as leader was marked by claims by journalist Charlotte Edwards that he squeezed his thigh during a private lunch when he was editor of The Spectator magazine. I have denied the allegation.

Mr Johnson was investigated by police watchdogs over his relationship with American businessman Jennifer Arcuri, who said he had a four-year affair with him when he was mayor of London.

Mr Johnson refused to sack Dominic Cummings over his lockdown visit to Barnard Castle in 2020 (Jonathan Brady/PA) , PA Archive