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Boris`s mobile phone number available online for 15 yrs

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Published: 17:45, 30 April 2021  
Boris`s mobile phone number available online for 15 yrs

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 MP Rachel Hopkins said the availability of the PM's number had implications for security, lobbying and the risk of blackmail.

Downing Street has declined to comment on the story.

The BBC has tried to call the number several times since the story emerged, but the phone now appears to be switched off - only giving the option to send a text rather than leave a message.

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

Last week, No 10 denied the PM had been advised by senior officials to change his number.

The number's availability 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.