Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with advisers about getting his wife Carrie two jobs, including one with Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Earthshot Prize, but the plans were rejected by his closest advisers, sources tell the Mirror
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Boris Johnson spoke to Downing Street aides about getting his wife Carrie two plum jobs, sources claim.
The PM is said to have touched on possible new environmental roles for her in autumn 2020, either at the COP 26 summit or with the royal family.
It follows allegations he tried to make her his £100,000-year Chief of Staff two years earlier, when he was Foreign Secretary and she was his girlfriend.
Now sources say the Prime Minister is looking to get her a job as a green ambassador ahead of the Glasgow climate summit. They claim his second idea was to use her as communications director for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Earthshot Prize.
The insiders suggest he wanted Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, who was previously private secretary to Prince William, to “do soundings”.
But the prime minister’s closest advisers are said to have rejected both proposals, warning that either position could undermine his wife’s status as a private individual.
Mr Case is not believed to have had a conversation with the Palace about Earthshot’s role and no formal request has been made to the COP organizers.
Ms Johnson was on maternity leave from conservation organization Oceana at the time after having their first child, Wilf.
There is no indication that she knew of the Prime Minister’s alleged talks. She is said to have been in private talks at the time about joining the Aspinall Foundation, her current employer. Sources indicated that her husband wasn’t exactly looking for a paid role for her, but “something to keep her busy.”
No10 said: “The Prime Minister has never recommended Ms Johnson for a government role or one as part of the Earthshot Prize.” But it did not dispute claims that he had raised the matter with Downing Street aides.
The Prime Minister’s former top adviser Dominic Cummings has also claimed Mr Johnson wants to appoint his wife to a government post at the end of 2020. A spokesman for Ms Johnson said: “This is an old story, as untrue today as it was then.”
Just hours after The Times published the claim about the Foreign Office job – which was first reported in a biography of Tory donor Lord Ashcroft – the story was mysteriously pulled.
The PM’s official spokesman pointed to previous denials from a spokesman for Ms Johnson. However, three sources have told the Mirror that for months in 2018 the Prime Minister was enthusiastic about the idea.
Former Foreign Secretary Alan Duncan also mentioned in his diaries claims that then-Carrie Symonds was being appointed as Special Counsel.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-suggested-two-plum-27285766 Boris Johnson proposed TWO plum jobs to wife Carrie - including one with the royals