Carrie Johnson to appear at Commonwealth summit amid claims PM tried to get her Government and royal jobs

Carrie Johnson will accompany her husband Boris Johnson at the Commonwealth summit in Rwanda amid continuing questions about allegations that the Prime Minister tried to get her jobs in the Government and with the Royal Family.

Downing Street has not denied claims that the Prime Minister spoke with aides about getting Mrs Johnson environmental roles, either at the Cop26 climate change summit or with the royals in autumn 2020.

There are also allegations that Mr Johnson tried to hire Mrs Johnson as his £ 100,000-a-year chief of staff when he was Foreign Secretary in 2018.

No 10 has said Mr Johnson never recommended Mrs Johnson for Government and royal roles, but stopped short of denying that he considered or discussed the move.

Mrs Johnson’s appearance at the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit in Kigali, where she will take part in the leaders ‘partners’ program, will be her first public appearance since the claims emerged.

The Prime Minister on Wednesday sidestepped questions on the allegations.

Labor MP Chris Elmore asked Mr Johnson to give a “yes or no” answer on whether he has “ever considered the appointment of his current spouse to a Government post or to any organization in one of the royal households”.

The Prime Minister replied: “I know why the party opposite wants to talk about non-existent jobs in the media because they do not want to talk about what’s going on in the real world.”

The renewed questioning over whether Mr Johnson wielded his influence to try to secure his now-wife a job came after controversy over the removal of a newspaper report.

The Times first reported on Saturday that Mr Johnson tried to hire Mrs Johnson in the Foreign Office, but the article was removed from later editions.

Downing Street admitted there were conversations between No 10 and the paper after its initial publication and before it was pulled.

Mrs Johnson’s spokeswoman insisted the allegations in the Times’ story were “totally untrue”.

But the veteran journalist behind the story, Simon Walters, stood by it “100 per cent”, saying he did not receive an on-the-record denial during discussions with No 10 before publication.

Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s former chief aide, supported the report and alleged Mr Johnson also wanted to appoint his wife to a Government job in late 2020.

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