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”.
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.
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.
In 2019, she was referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), based on reports that Ms Arcuri’s tech firm was able to access £25,000 in public funds and was allowed on three foreign trade missions Was.
The IOPC found that while there was no basis for any criminal charge, Mr Johnson should have declared an interest related to Ms Arcuri and that her failure to do so may have violated the London Assembly’s code of conduct.
He has denied any wrongdoing.
In 2017 Mr Johnson was accused of worsening the plight of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – a British-Iranian dual national held in Tehran on espionage charges – after she falsely claimed she was teaching journalism in the country.
Following her comments, Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who always said she was on holiday in Iran with her young daughter, was brought before a court and accused of engaging in propaganda.
Following his resignation as foreign secretary, Mr Johnson was forced to apologize to parliament for failing to announce outside earnings – totaling more than £50,000 on nine separate occasions.
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards found that the failures were not inadvertent and showed a lack of respect for the rules of the House.
Sir Alex Allen, independent adviser on Mr Johnson’s ministerial interests, stepped down after Mr Johnson rejected the finding that Home Secretary Priti Patel had threatened civil servants.
The prime minister said he did not acknowledge that Ms Patel – a fellow Brexiteer – had violated the ministerial code, which would normally mean she would have to step down.
Mr Johnson was widely criticized for failing to attend a series of five CoBRA meetings in early 2020 just as the virus began to spread.
He has controversially refused to sack his chief adviser Dominic Cummings to “test his vision” on the infamous visit to Barnard Castle while the country was in lockdown.
After the discovery of the alpha version and their slow reaction to the emergence of the delta version in India, Christmas was chaotically canceled for millions of people.
He reportedly said he would rather see dead bodies “piled up high” rather than order a third national lockdown and was barred in Parliament for his unwillingness to wear face masks.
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Mr Johnson was accused by his former adviser Dominic Cummings of secretly trying to arrange wealthy Tory donors to pay for the lavish £112,000 revamp of his official flat at No.
After an investigation, his new adviser on the minister’s interests, Lord Geidt, admitted that Mr Johnson did not know what was happening and that he had paid for the work out of pocket when he found out.
Lord Geidt reacted angrily when he later learned that Mr Johnson had exchanged WhatsApp messages with one of the donors involved, although he said this would not change his final conclusion that the Ministerial Code had no There was no violation.
In a separate investigation, the Electoral Commission fined the Tory party £17,800 for failing to properly declare a donation, part of which was originally used to help pay for reform.