Downing Avenue has admitted that Boris Johnson presided over a “nasty, misogynist tradition” in No 10 however denied the prime minister himself was guilty.
An ITV documentary aired on Thursday, Tonight: Boris Johnson: The Rise and Fall, included allegations that Mr Johnson introduced with him to Downing Avenue “a really masculine tradition … , lads down the pub.”
The nameless supply, mentioned to have labored in Downing Avenue, added, “For those who had been a feminine in that type of zone, it’s really fairly uncomfortable to work in.”
ITV reported that in response to the allegations Mr Johnson’s director of communications, Guto Harri, mentioned the outgoing prime minister “carried the can for the dangerous behaviour of others”.
Mr Harri mentioned: “Earlier aides who’ve devoted their lives to bringing down the PM did certainly preside over a nasty, misogynist tradition.
“Downing Avenue has been a a lot better place with out them.”
The important thing aide, who beforehand labored for Mr Johnson as London mayor earlier than being introduced into Downing Avenue in February, additionally reportedly mentioned: “The overwhelming majority of the press workplace are girls, roughly half the personal workplace and certainly a lot of the important groups in No10.”
ITV mentioned no aides had been talked about by title within the claims however of the aides apporached for the programme, none responded.
Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s former prime aide, mocked Mr Harri’s defence, writing on Twitter: “Ah sure, [Mr Johnson], the true sufferer, well-known for selflessly ‘carrying the can for the dangerous behaviour of others’ [laughing face emoji].”
He added: “As one younger girl pressured out by [Mr Johnson] mentioned, ‘he simply stares at our t***’.”
Mr Johnson has beforehand been below scrutiny for sexist behaviour. When former Downing Avenue press secretary Allegra Stratton was requested final 12 months about sexist feedback made by Mr Johnson in his journalism days, resembling referring to girls as “sizzling totty”, she mentioned he would describe himself as a “feminist”.
The supply within the ITV documentary made additional claims about Mr Johnson’s time in No 10.
The prime minister, he mentioned, “was fully disorganised. He would by no means learn his notes.”
He claimed: “Very first thing within the morning Boris Johnson would flip up two hours late. His hair could be moist. He’d have like his zip undone or his shirt hanging out. He’d be only a full mess on a regular basis.”
He additionally claimed there have been “far more” events in Downing Avenue throughout lockdown than got here to mild within the Sue Grey report.
“I believe the prime minister himself had just a few greater than what has been reported, privately in his flat as properly,” he mentioned.
Mr Johnson was issued a Mounted Penalty Discover by police for attending a gathering in No 10 for his birthday in Might 2020.