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Boris Johnson's mobile number freely available on internet for last … Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0100-It was published in a think tank press release in 2006, but never deleted – and appears to be the one the PM uses. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was " …

Boris Johnson’s personal mobile phone number available online for 15 years

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Boris Johnson's personal mobile phone number has been freely available on the internet for the past 15 years, it has been revealed.

It was published in a think tank press release in 2006, but never deleted – and appears to be the one the PM uses.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was “a serious situation [that] carries a security risk”.

But Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that, as far as he was aware, “all security protocols have been followed”.

It appears the number has been switched off but Downing Street still has not confirmed if the number will now be changed.

Questions have been raised in recent weeks over who has access to ministers' personal phone numbers, amid a wider row about lobbying and influence.

The PM had reportedly been advised by senior officials to change his number, but this has been denied by Downing Street last week.

Sir Keir said: “A lot of people will be concerned, not just about who has got the number but who has been using it.

“What has come out in recent weeks is [about] privileged access – those who can WhatsApp the prime minister for favours – and this all is further evidence that there is one rule for them and another rule for everybody else.”

But Mr Sunak said what made the PM “special” was that he was “incredibly approachable”.

He added: “You see it whenever he is out and about – people feel they can relate to him, they can talk to him, they can tell him what's on their mind.”

media captionSit Keir Starmer: PM's mobile “carries security risk”

The availability of Mr Johnson's number was first reported by the celebrity gossip email newsletter, Popbitch.

The think tank press release was related to Mr Johnson's then-job as a shadow higher education minister – and MP for Henley – and invited journalists to contact him for further comment.

Two years later, he successfully stood to become mayor of London.

Former national security adviser Lord Ricketts warned hostile states with “sophisticated cyber capabilities” or criminal gangs could now have access to Mr Johnson's digits.

The crossbench peer also told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he would have thought changing your mobile number when becoming PM would be an “elementary security precaution these days”.

media captionLord Ricketts: 'Basic security' to change number

But earlier this week, the UK's top civil servant, Simon Case, told MPs that officials “put security packages around all the communications that ministers have by whatever means”.

He added: “The level of encryption and standards of security on everybody's mobile phone increasing all the time.”

Labour MP Rachel Hopkins said the incident had implications for security, lobbying and the risk of blackmail.

But Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins said the PM was “aware of his responsibilities” on national security.

She told the BBC that she had “complete and utter confidence” that Mr Johnson and his advisors knew what needed to be done for him to fulfil those “duties”.

image captionIn 2006, Mr Johnson was seen as a rising star in the Conservative Party that had recently elected his university contemporary David Cameron as its leader

It was revealed earlier this month that the prime minister had a text exchange with businessman Sir James Dyson at the start of the pandemic.

In the messages, Mr Johnson promised to “fix” a tax issue for Sir James, whose company planned to work on building ventilators during the pandemic.

The PM said he had done the “right thing” in “shifting heaven and earth and doing everything I possibly could” to help increase supply.

But Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was wrong that those “who've got the prime minister's number can access him and ask about tax breaks”.

The Daily Telegraph recently reported the UK's most senior civil servant, Simon Case, had suggested Mr Johnson change his number because it was too widely known.

And the Times reported last week that a Universal Credit claimant once contacted the PM directly “asking for help with their benefit claim” after they were passed his number by a friend.

Ministers are issued with official mobile phones when they get a job in government, but they are allowed to keep their own personal devices.

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Boris Johnson's personal mobile phone number has been freely available on the internet for the past 15 years, it has been revealed.

It was published in a think tank press release in 2006, but never deleted – and appears to be the one the PM uses.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was “a serious situation [that] carries a security risk”.

But Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that, as far as he was aware, “all security protocols have been followed”.

It appears the number has been switched off but Downing Street still has not confirmed if the number will now be changed.

Questions have been raised in recent weeks over who has access to ministers' personal phone numbers, amid a wider row about lobbying and influence.

The PM had reportedly been advised by senior officials to change his number, but this has been denied by Downing Street last week.

Sir Keir said: “A lot of people will be concerned, not just about who has got the number but who has been using it.

“What has come out in recent weeks is [about] privileged access – those who can WhatsApp the prime minister for favours – and this all is further evidence that there is one rule for them and another rule for everybody else.”

But Mr Sunak said what made the PM “special” was that he was “incredibly approachable”.

He added: “You see it whenever he is out and about – people feel they can relate to him, they can talk to him, they can tell him what's on their mind.”

media captionSit Keir Starmer: PM's mobile “carries security risk”

The availability of Mr Johnson's number was first reported by the celebrity gossip email newsletter, Popbitch.

The think tank press release was related to Mr Johnson's then-job as a shadow higher education minister – and MP for Henley – and invited journalists to contact him for further comment.

Two years later, he successfully stood to become mayor of London.

Former national security adviser Lord Ricketts warned hostile states with “sophisticated cyber capabilities” or criminal gangs could now have access to Mr Johnson's digits.

The crossbench peer also told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he would have thought changing your mobile number when becoming PM would be an “elementary security precaution these days”.

media captionLord Ricketts: 'Basic security' to change number

But earlier this week, the UK's top civil servant, Simon Case, told MPs that officials “put security packages around all the communications that ministers have by whatever means”.

He added: “The level of encryption and standards of security on everybody's mobile phone increasing all the time.”

Labour MP Rachel Hopkins said the incident had implications for security, lobbying and the risk of blackmail.

But Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins said the PM was “aware of his responsibilities” on national security.

She told the BBC that she had “complete and utter confidence” that Mr Johnson and his advisors knew what needed to be done for him to fulfil those “duties”.

image captionIn 2006, Mr Johnson was seen as a rising star in the Conservative Party that had recently elected his university contemporary David Cameron as its leader

It was revealed earlier this month that the prime minister had a text exchange with businessman Sir James Dyson at the start of the pandemic.

In the messages, Mr Johnson promised to “fix” a tax issue for Sir James, whose company planned to work on building ventilators during the pandemic.

The PM said he had done the “right thing” in “shifting heaven and earth and doing everything I possibly could” to help increase supply.

But Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was wrong that those “who've got the prime minister's number can access him and ask about tax breaks”.

The Daily Telegraph recently reported the UK's most senior civil servant, Simon Case, had suggested Mr Johnson change his number because it was too widely known.

And the Times reported last week that a Universal Credit claimant once contacted the PM directly “asking for help with their benefit claim” after they were passed his number by a friend.

Ministers are issued with official mobile phones when they get a job in government, but they are allowed to keep their own personal devices.


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Boris Johnson's personal mobile phone number available online for … Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0100-The number was listed at the foot of a press release from 2006 when he was a shadow minister.

Boris Johnson’s mobile number freely available on internet for last 15 years

April 30, 2021

Boris Johnson’s mobile phone number was freely available on the internet for the last 15 years, according to reports.

A contact number for Mr Johnson was listed on the bottom of a press release when he was still shadow higher education minister in 2006 – a document which was still available online in 2021.

Reports earlier this month suggested senior officials had called on Mr Johnson to change his number because of concerns about how many people contacted him directly.

Downing Street declined to comment on the report – first revealed on the Popbitch gossip website – that Mr Johnson’s phone number was available online to anyone who searched for it.

The press release, which related to his work as shadow higher education minister, invited journalists to contact Mr Johnson directly on either a Commons office number or his mobile.

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Attempts to call the number on Thursday night were met with an automated message saying the phone was “switched off” and an invitation to “please try later or send a text”.

Boris Johnson's mobile number was available on the internet for 15 years (Image: PA)

The Prime Minister’s use of his mobile phone has been in the spotlight after text message exchanges with entrepreneur Sir James Dyson and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman were leaked.

Earlier this month, The Daily Telegraph reported that Simon Case, the head of the civil service, suggested to the Prime Minister that he change numbers because his current one is too widely known.

Former UK national security adviser Lord Ricketts said it was in Boris Johnson’s “own interest to be much more digitally secure than seems to be the case now” following reports his mobile phone number was available online.

“I’m talking really of the most senior politicians in sensitive positions, whose phone conversations might well include sensitive material, commercially sensitive material, people trying to lobby them for favours, or tax advantages, or talks with foreign leaders,” he told the BBC's Radio 4 Today programme.

“And there, I think you do have to accept, just as you do – you can’t just walk around on your own and talk to anyone you like – equally you shouldn’t be in a position where anyone who once had your phone number can get to you when you are a Prime Minister.

“And that’s one of the inconveniences of being prime minister but it’s for their own sake and their own protection really, that access to them ought to be controlled and monitored.

“So that there can be no suspicion of favours asked for and done or the kind of things that we are now seeing with the exchanges that we see with James Dyson.

“I think it’s for the Prime Minister’s own interest to be much more digitally secure than seems to be the case now.”


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