No 10 admits it spoke to The Times before Carrie Johnson story was pulled
Sky News says DOWNING STREET has confirmed it was in conversation with The Times around the time the newspaper dropped a report claiming Boris Johnson tried to appoint his now-wife to a government role when he was foreign secretary.
In a story published in the first edition on Friday night, the paper reported that Mr Johnson attempted to hire Carrie Johnson, then Carrie Symonds, as his chief of staff at the Foreign Office in 2018.
However, the report was pulled from later editions of the paper, raising questions about whether No 10 put pressure on the paper’s editors.
On Monday, the prime minister’s spokesperson admitted there had been contact between Downing Street and The Times before and after the story was published.
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