Boris Johnson has again declined to talk about a late-night row involving his partner, saying it is “simply unfair” to “drag” his loved ones into politics.

The former foreign secretary, who is the frontrunner to become Britain’s next prime minister, was involved in an incident at the flat he shares with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

Concerned neighbours called the police after his partner was heard screaming and shouting “get off me”.

Officers attended and found no offence had occurred and everyone was safe.

When asked about what happened in the early hours of Friday, Mr Johnson told the BBC: “I…would love to tell you about all sorts of things Laura [Kuenssberg, the corporation’s political editor] but I’ve made it a rule over many, many years and I think you’ve interviewed me loads of times, I do not talk about stuff involving my family, my loved ones.

“And there’s a very good reason for that.

“That is that, if you do, you drag them into things that, really is, is, in a way that is not fair on them.”

Mr Johnson was asked whether privacy meant more to him than public trust and said in response: “Yes I get that, I totally get that.

“But my key point though is that the minute you start talking about your family or your loved ones, you involve them in a debate that is it is simply unfair on them.”

Mr Johnson was also asked about a photos of the couple holding hands, apparently taken in Sussex over the weekend, which emerged in the media on Monday.

There has been some speculation that the images were staged by Mr Johnson’s campaign.

When it was put to him that he was “trying to have this both ways”, he dodged the question, saying “I just do not go into this stuff” and referring back to “innumerable statements I gave when I was mayor”.

Mr Johnson continued: “Actually I think what people want to know is what is going on with this guy, does he, when it comes to trust, when it comes to character all those things, does he deliver what he says he’s going to deliver?

“And that is the key thing.”

More follows…

Leave a Reply