Boris ‘tried to get job for mistress when he became London mayor’

The woman claims he abused his power to have a sexual relationship with her (Picture: AFP/Getty/PA)

Boris Johnson pushed to get a young woman a City Hall job after having a sexual relationship with her while he was London mayor, a bombshell report claims.

There are calls for an investigation after allegations that the now-prime minister’s lobbying was blocked by colleague Kit Malthouse, who said the pair seemed to have an inappropriately close relationship.

The woman is said to have recorded a confrontation with the Tory leader in his office during the height of the #MeToo movement, in which he denied abusing his power.

Downing Street has refused to comment on the allegations about Mr Johnson, who said last week he ‘abhors abuse of power anywhere in Parliament’ when questioned on his appointment of Chris Pincher.

The Sunday Times reports a married Mr Johnson, in his 40s, had a liaison in his parliamentary office with the graduate, in her 20s, after she volunteered to work on his mayoral campaign in 2008.

After she told him she wanted to get into politics, he allegedly promised to get her a job in City Hall and suggested her for a role weeks after they met.

She attended an interview with Mr Malthouse, the deputy mayor of London for policing at the time – but felt ill-qualified, and was unsuccessful.

After Mr Johnson apparently broached the idea of giving the woman a speech-writing job in 2008, their relationship fizzled out.

Boris Johnson leaves his home after becoming the newly-elected mayor of London in 2008 (Picture: Bloomberg via Getty Images)
The woman says she confronted the Conservative politician in 2017 (Picture: PA)

In November 2017, the ‘shaken and upset’ woman called a meeting with him to ‘stand up for herself’, telling him she was considering reporting the incident to Prime Minister Theresa May.

Any young woman who ‘steps into this building is fair game’ and present to be ‘leered at’ by powerful men, the woman, now a legal professional and married mum-of-two, said.

Mr Johnson insisted he did not show improper behaviour as ‘you can’t just machine friends into jobs’, but said he couldn’t stop her from complaining.

He is said to have angrily told her ‘I’ve been incredibly f***ing busy’ when she accused him of not wanting to meet up.

However, he then repeatedly apologised about her ‘unhappiness’, admitting he had been ‘very insensitive’.

It’s not the first time the Tory leader has been accused of using his influence to get roles for women he’s had intimate relationships with.

Reports claim he pushed for his now-wife Carrie Symonds, 34, to secure a role as his chief of staff at the Foreign Office while they were having an affair in 2018, and allowed ex-lover Jennifer Arcuri, 37,  on taxpayer-funded trade missions in 2011.

A Downing Street spokesman said: ‘This not about his time as PM and no public interest as I see it. And we don’t talk about his private life.’

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But the Liberal Democrats have called for an immediate investigation.

Daisy Cooper, the Lib Dems’ deputy leader, said the woman’s account was ‘deeply distressing to read’.

It comes as the prime minister faces pressure to step down now after being forced out of office by nearly 60 resignations in government.

Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, said: ‘These awful allegations add to the lies, the law breaking and the security breaches – this man is not fit for office and should go now.’

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