Boris Johnson had just come off the phone with Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian leader, when he was informed that he would not be facing any further fines from the Metropolitan police over the parties scandal. While some aides were jubilant that his job was safe, the man himself seemed nonplussed.
“Mentally, he had already moved on,” said one aide. “There was not a fist in the air or a high five from him. He was surprisingly subdued. ” Johnson said: “Now we’ve got to get on with everything else.”
Downing Street sources say that, in recent weeks, the prime minister has been spending 60 per cent of his time on the cost-of-living crisis, the “everything else” clogging his inbox.
Boris Johnson visits Hilltop Honey in Newtown, Powys. The prime minister is keen to move on from the No 10 parties scandal
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While Johnson will endure an awkward time