BORIS Johnson has been branded by a Tory financier as a “puppet” of his wife Carrie – but his allies see it as nonsense.
It comes as the Prime Minister’s enemies are preparing for a brutal weekend that is “extremely upsetting”. personal attacks on Carrie in an attempt to knock him down.
Lord Ashcroft’s ‘First Lady’ alleges those around the Prime Minister are frustrated by the power his wife is said to hold.
A spokeswoman for Ms Johnson denied the “cruel allegations” were part of a “calculated effort” by former officials to “attack Ms. Johnson”.
A Tory source said: “Carrie has been for some time the target of an increasingly brutal briefing campaign to attack and discredit her. It was extremely uncomfortable.”
And a senior minister accused critics of playing “the wife is not the ball”.
The book claims to unfold the skirmish that culminated in the resignation of chief assistant Dominic Cummings in 2020.
Among the explosive anonymous statements were allegations that Carrie would use the Prime Minister’s phone to “try to control events”.
In retaliation, Mr Johnson’s aides tried to dissuade her by ordering taxis to take her to campaign meetings but ordered drivers to take zigzag routes.
The Prime Minister is said to be furious about the claims and believes Lord Ashcroft used the accounts of disgruntled former employees to lie about him.
The book says the Prime Minister was so scared of his wife that aides were asked not to fight her to make his life “bearable”.
It quotes him as telling them: “Don’t do anything to make her torment me when I get home.
“You just had to help me. My life at home was miserable. You have to find a way to make this bearable for me. “
As Prime Minister struggles to capture the turmoil in Downing Street, a series of negative stories were circulated by his political enemies.
Mr Johnson’s allies say the Prime Minister’s wife is being targeted as she is unable to speak for herself, with one minister accusing critics of playing the “wife not the ball” game.
One supportive MP said: “attacking the Prime Minister is fair enough, but going after his family is a new low.”
Friends of the Prime Minister said he believed the attacks were motivated by sexism.
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