There was a ‘nasty, misogynistic’ No 10 culture – but officials aren’t blaming Boris Johnson

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A former employee at Number 10, who worked closely with the Prime Minister for a number of years, told the documentary that his arrival at Downing Street brought with it “a very masculine culture”, adding: “If you were a female in that sort of zone, it’s actually quite uncomfortable to work in.”

The source also claimed Mr Johnson “was completely disorganised” and would “never read his notes”, adding: “First thing in the morning, Boris Johnson would turn up two hours late. His hair would be wet. He’d have his zip undone or his shirt hanging out. He’d be just a complete mess all the time.”

The former staffer there “were way more” parties inside Number 10 during lockdown than revealed in Sue Gray’s report, adding: “I think the Prime Minister himself had a few more than what has been reported, privately in his flat as well.”

The Downing Street spokesman said the “vast majority” of the press office are women, as are roughly half Mr Johnson’s private office team “and indeed most of the main teams in Number 10”.

The spokesman said the Metropolitan Police had “carried out a thorough investigation” into Downing Street parties and issued Mr Johnson with a fixed penalty notice, adding: “He has – to a large extent therefore – carried the can for the bad behaviour of others, including some of his most fierce and shameless opponents.”

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