War Book 2 REVEALED: No10’s secret dossier to discredit Boris containing claims there was ‘some overlap’ between his wives and more affairs drawn up after EU referendum to end his PM hopes
Downing Street has been drawn into a smear row over a ‘dirty dossier’ about Boris Johnson (pictured yesterday at the cricket in London)
Downing Street has been drawn into a smear row over a ‘dirty dossier’ about Boris Johnson, which was compiled by Theresa May’s advisers ahead of an expected leadership challenge.
The document, which is saved on to the Tory computer system under the filename ‘WarBook2’, was drawn up during the tumultuous days following the EU referendum in 2016 –but has been passing between Tory aides again in recent weeks.
The current Tory leadership furiously denies any role in updating or distributing the dossier, which has been obtained by The Mail on Sunday.
But it will add to the febrile atmosphere at Westminster amid intense speculation among Tory MPs over whether Mrs May will face a move to oust her in coming weeks by Brexiteers angered by her Chequers deal.
The file includes comprehensive details about Mr Johnson’s affairs, drug use and political gaffes since his days in Oxford University’s Bullingdon Club. We reproduce some of the stores from the dossier on the opposite page.
‘WarBook2’ was first created on June 28, 2016, two days before Mrs May launched her bid for the Tory leadership.
Boris Johnson is pictured yesterday at the England v India cricket game at the Oval in London
Mr Johnson was expected to be her main opponent, but pulled out of the contest when Michael Gove withdrew his backing for Mr Johnson and launched his own bid.
At the time, Mrs May’s operation was run by her feared advisers Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, although there is no suggestion that they ordered it to be compiled.
Its circulation in recent weeks has led to claims among allies of Mr Johnson that No 10 was planning a dirty ‘black ops’ attack.
‘It’s a smear, pure and simple,’ said one. No 10 strongly denies this.
The dossier was compiled by Theresa May’s advisers ahead of an expected leadership challenge
The file includes:
The dossier covers Mr Johnson’s life in sweeping – and almost entirely negative – detail, including his parents’ divorce, his sacking from The Times as a trainee reporter for making up a quote in a story about a lost palace of Edward II, and his days writing mocking articles about the EU as the Brussels Correspondent of the Daily Telegraph.
The dossier includes claims that there was ‘some overlap’ between Mr Johnson’s first wife Allegra and second wife Marina (pictured in 2012)
It dwells on the notorious revelation by The Mail on Sunday in 1995 that Boris was approached by fellow old Etonian Darius Guppy to provide the address of a News of the World journalist that his friend wanted to get beaten up for making inquiries into his business affairs.
The file includes extensive quotes from former bosses and colleagues of Mr Johnson throughout his career in journalism and politics, with one editor describing him as ‘the most disorganised person I’ve ever encountered’.
And one former colleague on The Times recalled: ‘What he would say would never be simply untrue but would be on the edge of what might happen’.
The file includes comprehensive details about Mr Johnson’s affairs, drug use and political gaffes since his days in Oxford University’s Bullingdon Club
Much of the information is drawn from Sonia Purnell’s critical 2011 biography of Mr Johnson, Just Boris. It includes a quote from a former colleague who told the author: ‘If you just see him cracking jokes on Have I Got News For You, you think he’s a great bloke. If you’ve worked with him or relied on him it’s a different matter’.
Sarah Helm, another journalist colleague of Boris’s in Brussels, is quoted as saying: ‘I remember developing an instinctive feel that Boris was a complete charlatan’.
Last night, a Downing Street source said: ‘It is absolutely ridiculous to suggest that this has anything to do with the current administration. It is more than two years old and has neither been updated nor distributed.’
A spokesman for Mr Johnson declined to comment last night.
GOT A BIT ON YOUR MIND MR JOHNSON?
What is it with Boris Johnson and cricket? Last time he launched a leadership bid, after the Brexit referendum, he headed to Princess Diana’s family estate, Althorp, to play a game.
And yesterday he ducked off to The Oval to watch England vs India. But events had clearly taken a toll as he struggled to stay awake… until he spotted a camera and flashed a smile.
SEX, DRUGS & GAFFES: THE BOJO HATCHET JOB
Boris’ first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen
BORIS JOHNSON: THE LIFE AND TIMES
Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson.
‘Boris was at the now infamous Bullingdon evening in Oxford when a pot plant was thrown through a restaurant window and a couple of members ended up in police cells… Boris claims he was one of those locked up overnight. Others, who were incarcerated, insist he is merely trying to play up his prankster past and that he was never in fact held in custody.’ From Just Boris by Sonia Purnell (SP)
Failed in first bid to become President of Oxford Union. In trying to get elected ‘he even handed out bottles of red wine to Gridiron [a club] members in a particularly brazen, even crass, attempt to ‘buy’ their votes’.
Boris’ second wife lawyer Marina Wheeler
Boris marries his first wife, Allegra Mostyn-Owen.
Boris is sacked from The Times after making up a quote about a dig of a lost palace of Edward II. ‘He could not resist inserting a titillating paragraph about how the King would use the palace to cavort with his catamite Piers Gaveston. The quote he used was sourced to a certain Dr Colin Lucas of Balliol College, Oxford… Lucas wrote back saying there was no way Boris could have obtained this quote from him because it was not right.’ (SP)
Boris becomes Brussels Correspondent at The Daily Telegraph, where he gains a reputation for playing fast and loose with the facts. (SP)
Boris splits with Allegra and begins seeing lawyer Marina Wheeler. There may be some overlap as Allegra and Boris finally split for good in 1992. (SP)
Boris and Allegra’s divorce is finalised.
Boris and Marina Wheeler [left] marry in Horsham, Sussex.
Article appears in Mail on Sunday based on recorded tapes from 1990, in which Boris was asked to provide address of a News of the World journalist to friend Darius Guppy. Guppy is trying to get the journalist beaten up because of a feud. Boris is heard on the tapes to say: ‘Cracked rib?… If you f*** up in any way, if he suspects I’m involved…’ (SP)
Fights the safe Labour parliamentary seat of Clwyd South. According to the then chairman of Clwyd South Conservative Association Ian Reynolds: ‘Boris appeared to take absolutely no real interest in the detail and his [application] letter was a shocker.’
Socialite Petronella Wyatt allegedly aborted Boris’ child
Ranked 525th out of 659 MPs on attendance in votes.
Sunday Mirror breaks story about socialite Petronella Wyatt [left] aborting Boris’s child; story contained claims that Boris had said he would not support child and also refusing to pay medical bills from abortion. In a series of news articles following the story, Boris is accused of lying over the affair to journalists and has to resign post. (SP)
Anna Fazackerley had an affair with Boris according to the News of the World
News of the World runs story of Boris having affair with journalist/policy specialist Anna Fazackerley [right], on one occasion visiting both her and Petronella Wyatt on the same night.
Boris criticised for allegedly tipping off MP Damian Green that he was about to be arrested by the Met Police. (SP)
Story comes out in Daily Mirror alleging Boris Johnson is father of love child with ‘wealthy socialite’ and art consultant Helen Macintyre.
QUOTES ABOUT BORIS
John Palmer, former Guardian Brussels Bureau Chief:
Michael Howard on Boris’s time as Conservative Vice Chairman 2003-04:
Sarah Helm, a journalist colleague of Boris in Brussels:
Boris infamously told a girlfriend that such was the number of his sexual partners that he hadn’t had ‘to have a w*** for 20 years’.
1. ‘I tried it at university and I remember it vividly. And it achieved no pharmacological, psychotropic or any other effect on me whatsoever.’ (GQ Magazine, 2007)
2. ‘I think I was once given cocaine but I sneezed and so it did not go up my nose. In fact, I may have been doing icing sugar.’ (BBC, Have I Got News For You, 2005)
‘China is becoming in our imaginations the fashionable new dread, the incubator of strange diseases, a vast polluted landscape of Victorian factories where coolies sit in expectorating rows, nourished on nothing but rice and the spleens of pangolins.’ (The Daily Telegraph, 2005)
‘WarBook2’ was first created on June 28, 2016, two days before Mrs May launched her bid for the Tory leadership when Mr Johnson was expected to be her main opponent
‘The Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies.’ (The Daily Telegraph, 2002)
‘This British legislator [Lord Grenfell] is voting in favour of Labour’s appalling agenda, encouraging the teaching of homosexuality in schools, and all the rest of it.’ (Spectator, 2000)
‘For 10 years, we in the Tory Party have become used to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing; and so it is with a happy amazement that we watch as the madness engulfs the Labour Party.’ (The Daily Telegraph, 2006)
‘Full of drugs, obesity, underachievement and Labour MPs.’ (GQ Magazine, 2007)
‘As for our own interests, they are still on balance served by maintaining our membership. This has brought palpable benefits to Britain in free trade and in bestowing on British citizens the rights of free movement and free establishment in the EU; and withdrawal would potentially mean a worrying loss of influence.’ (Boris Johnson, Friends, Voters, Countrymen, 2001)