Row over allegations Boris and Carrie Johnson ‘broke Covid lockdown rules’ by allowing friend to stay at No10 last Christmas… as fury erupts at claims the PM’s wife ‘models’ image on Kate Middleton but is ‘bitter’ at her ‘slick PR’

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  • ClaimBoris Johnson and his wife broke Covid-19 lockdown rules have surfaced
  • Mrs Johnson’s best friend Nimko Ali ‘spent Christmas with the number 10 couple’
  • Reports also say Carey ‘modelled’ her public image on the Duchess of Cambridge
  • But she was ‘bitter’, the Duchess has ‘clever PR’ and gets better publicity
  • Spokesmen for the Prime Minister and Mrs Johnson denied the claims last night

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Boris Johnson and his now-wife Carrie sparked a controversy last night over allegations of breaking Covid lockdown rules by allowing their best friend to be with them on Downing Street last Christmas.

The prime minister denied claims in US Harper’s magazine that political campaigner Nimko Ali ‘spent Christmas with the number 10 couple despite pandemic restrictions on holiday gatherings’.

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The article also said Mrs Johnson ‘modeled’ her wardrobe and public image on the Duchess of Cambridge, but is ‘bitter’ that the Duchess gets better publicity.

A spokesman for the prime minister and Mrs Johnson said both claims were untrue.

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The couple’s 4,500-word profile said Mrs Johnson has “assembled around her an impressive courtroom” while the PM is a “lone person” and is “deeply intimidated” by her.

It claims that he spends “more and more time down” reading number 10 – including a book by his ex-wife Marina Wheeler – because he “doesn’t want to take it up”.

Boris Johnson and his now-wife Carrie sparked a controversy last night over allegations of breaking Covid lockdown rules by allowing their best friend to be with them on Downing Street last Christmas.

Harper’s article is written by Lara Prendergast, executive editor of The Spectator magazine, which Mr Johnson edited before entering politics and has strong ties to Downing Street.

In the piece she describes how she placed her claims at number 10 at the Christmas gathering. She says a spokeswoman told her that ‘the prime minister and Mrs Johnson follow coronavirus rules at all times’ – but did not deny the claim.

She says Miss Ali, the godmother of Johnson’s son Wilfred, “did not respond to repeated requests for comment”.

Last Christmas, London was subject to Tier 4 restrictions, meaning people were not allowed to mingle with anyone outside their homes, except in support and childcare bubbles.

It was later revealed that the role, for which she was paid £350 a day for almost two days’ work a month, had not been openly advertised.

The report claimed that political campaigner Nimko Ali, Carrey's best friend, spent Christmas with Johnson at No. 10, despite lockdown restrictions on holiday gatherings.

The report claimed that political campaigner Nimko Ali, Carrey’s best friend, spent Christmas with Johnson at No. 10, despite lockdown restrictions on holiday gatherings.

The profile says that Miss Ali is ‘regularly sent to fight for Carrie in the press’.

The article also suggests Mrs Johnson, 33, who married the prime minister in May and is now expecting her second child, sees the Duchess of Cambridge as a rival.

‘Carrie is asked to model both her fashion sense and the press operation on Catherine,’ writes Miss Prendergast.

‘A confidante told me that Carey is often engaged with the Duchess, and expressed bitterness about Kate’s ability to generate positive things about herself in the British press.’

The claims were vehemently denied last night. A No 10 spokesperson said: ‘The Prime Minister and Mrs Johnson have followed the coronavirus rules at all times. To suggest otherwise is completely untrue.’

And a spokesman for Mrs Johnson said it was ‘nonsense’ to suggest she modeled herself on the Duchess of Cambridge or was ‘bitter’.

The article also said Mrs Johnson 'modeled' her wardrobe and public image on the Duchess of Cambridge

The article also claimed Mrs Johnson was 'bitter' that the Duchess got better publicity

The article also said Mrs Johnson ‘modeled’ her wardrobe and public image on the Duchess of Cambridge, but is ‘bitter’ that the Duchess gets better publicity

Elsewhere in the article, Miss Prendergast praised the ‘brand-focused’ Mrs Johnson, a former Tory headquarters communications chief, for cleaning up the prime minister’s ‘poor image’ and embracing ‘progressive’ causes such as animal welfare and women’s rights. Of.

She notes: ‘She saw in him a project … a man who enjoyed great popularity, but few allies and friends, a right-wing political beast that had to be relaunched with sensitive millennial tastes.

The ‘conservatives’ were known as the ‘dirty party’. They are getting cute under Carrie.

The article said Mrs Johnson has “assembled an influential court around her and is more media-savvy than most ministers”. But Miss Prendergast questions his methods.

She writes: ‘The Press Office of Downing Street seems intimidated by him. She is said to feed the information to contacts to see where she then appears, and will turn them on who she feels she can’t trust.’

The couple's 4,500-word profile claims the PM spends 'more and more time down' reading the number 10 - including from his ex-wife Marina Wheeler's book The Lost Homestead, because he doesn't want to take it up Huh.  '

The couple’s 4,500-word profile claims the PM spends ‘more and more time down’ reading the number 10 – including from his ex-wife Marina Wheeler’s book The Lost Homestead, because he doesn’t want to take it up Huh. ‘

The magazine says Mr Johnson has increasingly remained in his No. 10 study, rather than attending his wife’s official flat.

It added: ‘He likes to read The Spectator late at night,’ a former colleague told me. A copy of The Lost Homestead, a new book by his ex-wife Marina Wheeler (about his Indian heritage), is seen open in his office.

The profile also challenges the way in which questions are circumvented about aspects of Mrs Johnson’s conduct, stating: ‘Any attempt to investigate her growing political influence is misguided.’

‘Earlier, the wife of a prime minister had to face minimal press infiltration… but the present situation is different.’

The article concludes: ‘To many, it seems a bit strange that a 33-year-old woman who specializes in political spin has such an obvious influence on policy-making. He is un-elected and not accountable in many ways.’

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