Boris Johnson has not denied seeking to give his wife Carrie government careers soon after several reviews claimed he tried to set up her into tax-payer funded roles.

Labour MP Chris Elmore (Ogmore) asked at Primary Minister’s Questions: “Has he ever viewed as the appointment of his recent wife or husband to a government submit or to any organisation in one of the royal homes? Be sincere primary minister: certainly or no?”

Mr Johnson replied: “I know why the occasion reverse would like to converse about non-existent work opportunities in the media due to the fact they don’t want to converse about what’s heading on in the authentic planet.”

It will come right after a tale – previously printed in the Situations newspaper, before being mysteriously deleted – claimed he tried to set up Mrs Johnson as his £100,000-a-yr main of workers although he was foreign secretary and she was his solution girlfriend in 2018.

This was adopted by claims in the Mirror which reported Mr Johnson discussed environmental roles for his wife in autumn 2020, possibly for the Cop26 summit or with the Royal Loved ones.

Downing Avenue claimed he had in no way proposed Mrs Johnson for a federal government purpose, but stopped small of denying he viewed as or talked about the transfer.

The PM’s formal spokesman mentioned: “The key minister has hardly ever recommended Mrs Johnson for a govt purpose, or a single as component of the Earthshot Prize.

“Beyond that I would not get into any discussions the key minister may perhaps or may well not have had in private.”

The Occasions 1st claimed on Saturday that Mr Johnson attempted to employ the service of Mrs Johnson in the Overseas Workplace, but the posting was taken off from later editions.

Downing Avenue admitted there have been discussions between No 10 and the paper immediately after its initial publication and in advance of it was pulled.

Mrs Johnson’s spokeswoman insisted the allegations in the Times’s tale were being “totally untrue”.

But Simon Walters, the Times journalist who wrote the initial story, instructed the New European news-site he stands by the story “100%”.