Phone number of Britain's Johnson online for 15 years: reports

By: AFP      Published: 07:47 PM, 30 Apr, 2021
Phone number of Britain's Johnson online for 15 years: reports

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's personal mobile phone number has been on the internet for 15 years, media reports said Friday, raising questions about national security. 

The number, which the BBC reported was still used by the Conservative Party leader, appeared on a press release from 2006 when Johnson was an opposition MP. 

When the number was called by AFP on Friday, there was an automated message indicating that the phone was disconnected. 

The revelation comes as Johnson is under scrutiny over a lavish makeover of his Downing Street, and close ties between big business and UK politicians, including text messages he exchanged with industrialist James Dyson.

Former national security adviser Peter Ricketts told the BBC that hostile states and criminal gangs could have access to Johnson's contact details, adding that it was an "elementary security precaution these days" for a leader to change their number.

Johnson is under pressure to answer who initially footed the bill for a reported £200,000 (230,000 euros) refurbishment of his Downing Street flat.

The Electoral Commission, which regulates the accounts of political parties, announced on Wednesday that it was opening an investigation into the issue.