This MoS mock-up shows how Carrie may have used a gold-colored iPad
Carrie Johnson “tried to get a £538 taxpayer-funded gold iPad” while a consultant to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, according to claims in Lord Ashcroft’s new biography.
Bombshell Claims Suggest Ms Johnson Spent Her Six Months as advisor to Sajid Javid at the Department for Communities and Local Government’trying to persuade the department to buy her a gold iPad.”
This purchase, at government expense, was “finally approved by email from the Office of the Secretary of State,” according to a source quoted in Lord Ashcroft’s biography First Lady: Intrigue At The Court Of Carrie And Boris Johnson .
A Freedom of Information request about the purchase went unanswered for three months, although such requests would normally be handled within 20 business days. The delay was attributed to reasons of ‘public interest’.
The reply confirmed that ‘an iPad with cover has been purchased from a special advisor for £538’.
A spokesman for Carrie Johnson has said Lord Ashcroft’s book is full of “disgusting fabrications”, while the prime minister has said he has been spun a fabric of lies by disgruntled former No. 10 advisers.
In response to the claims made in Lord Ashcroft’s book today, friends of Ms Johnson have described the claims as “misogynistic and cruel”. Johnson is said to be furious about the alleged ‘hit job’.
Carrie Johnson ‘tried to get a £538 taxpayer-funded gold iPad’ while an adviser to the Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport, according to claims
Bombshell’s new claims in the book have also suggested that Carrie Johnson expelled a rising star within the Tory party, who was working with her then-fiance Boris Johnson, over fears she was “too attractive and intelligent.”
Downing Street insiders, quoted in the explosive new biography written by Lord Ashcroft, suggested that Ms Johnson wielded enormous power within Whitehall and warned that ‘if she doesn’t like you, there could be dire consequences’.
The extraordinary new book also claimed that Carrie Johnson was sent on long and winding taxi rides to keep her from important meetings during her then-boyfriend Boris Johnson’s campaign in 2019 and contained quotes accusing her of “imitating” Boris Johnson by texting allies on his behalf and even briefing him while speaking on the phone during his successful Tory leadership bid.
Sources quoted in the book claim they would “learn to recognize when they” [Carrie] was writing a message” from Mr Johnson’s telephone.
Others paint an extraordinary picture, claiming that Ms Johnson had Mr Johnson so under her thumb that she sometimes informed the Prime Minister directly during his telephone conversations.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng today dismissed fears that Ms Johnson has any “undue influence” within Downing Street, saying the prime minister has his own “strong ideas” after spending 25 years in politics.
Campaign insiders allege that Carrie Johnson used her then-boyfriend Boris Johnson’s phone in an effort to “direct and control events” as his leadership bid built steam in 2019
Johnson’s struggle for survival will be dealt another blow with the publication of a biography portraying him as little more than his wife Carrie’s puppet.
2019 campaign insiders paint a picture of chaos, saying Ms Johnson’s continued involvement was a “nightmare.”
One of them, who worked directly on Mr Johnson’s leadership bid, said: ‘We would recognize the different ways things were written, because the style would change. We would learn to see when she wrote the message.
“So there was a text message saying, for example, that there was a certain MP whose support we didn’t need or want.
“We realized that Boris couldn’t have written the message because Boris would contradict this the next day.”
“It was a nightmare,” said a separate source of Carrie’s involvement. “She had no idea. She was unwilling to roll up her sleeves and work hard, and yet she was constantly interfering. That caused a lot of problems and cost a lot of valuable time.’
It was even claimed that Ms. Johnson could occasionally hear prompts whispered to Johnson while these phone calls were in progress.
The developments came alongside new claims suggesting that Carrie Johnson forced out a rising star within the Tory party who partnered with her then-fiance Boris Johnson over fears she was “too attractive and intelligent.”
A Cambridge graduate, Ellie Lyons, a one-time adviser to Boris Johnson during his leadership campaign, was reportedly referred to as “the sexy spad” by a handful of people in Westminster and had impressed Johnson during his campaign bid.
But a campaign source, quoted in Lord Ashcroft’s biography, said Mr Johnson suddenly changed course, urging his inner circle to “get rid of” at Carrie’s behest because Ms Lyons was “too attractive and intelligent.”
The Prime Minister is believed to believe Lord Ashcroft (pictured at the Tory party conference) has been spun a fabric of lies by disgruntled former No. 10 advisers
‘Completely mesmerized’: Carrie hugs Boris after his 2019 Conservative Party conference speech
The source claims that the then favorite of the Tory leadership was “used by Carrie to do her dirty work” and that Ms Lyons’ political career came to an abrupt end.
Ms Johnson’s orders reportedly came because she “didn’t want Ellie in number 10 because she’s too attractive,” another Tory source explained. Ms Lyons moved into the private sector after the ordeal, but returned to the civil service last summer.
In his new biography, Tory peer Lord Ashcroft claims Mr Johnson, 57, is “completely mesmerized” by his 33-year-old wife and forms a “lonely” figure surrounded by her close friends who are now among his most influential assistants.
Ms Johnson’s biography puts forward the theory that rifts in her relationship with the Prime Minister had an impact on No. 10, with one source describing it as “a Greek tragedy.”
Among Ms Johnson’s alleged scalps is Ellie Lyons, (center) a one-time adviser to Boris Johnson during his leadership campaign, who was reportedly referred to as “the sexy spad” by some in Westminster.
In response to these claims on Sunday, a Johnson ally told the… Sun: ‘This is just a misogynistic attack on someone who can’t fight back. It’s just a way to damage the Prime Minister by attacking her.
‘This is the mother of Boris’ children. I find this entire episode tasteless and despicable.”
Another ally said, “Saying that Carrie runs the country is almost laughable—if it weren’t so serious. It’s nothing but a bull’s eye.’
The developments come as the Sunday Times reported today that the prime minister’s wife has said privately that Mr Johnson must resign “in the interest of his family”.
A friend of Ms Johnson told the paper she doesn’t want him to resign but that she “just wants to focus on her kids.”
The prime minister has told friends he is outraged by the book First Lady: Intrigue at the Court of Carrie and Boris Johnson, which is being serialized in the Mail on Sunday.
A spokesman for his wife described the allegations as “cruel allegations” that were part of a “calculated attempt by embittered ex-officials to attack Ms Johnson.” They added: “She is a private individual who plays no role in government.”
The Prime Minister is expected to believe that Lord Ashcroft has been spun a fabric of lies by disgruntled former No. 10 advisers.
But Ashcroft also admiringly refers to Carrie’s “courage and determination,” as evidenced by her instrumental role in keeping sex offender Warboys behind bars, speaking openly about her own experience of miscarriage in 2021 and her animal conservation work, and said the complaints against her are about the use of power without electoral responsibility.