ANNA MIKHAILOVA: How Boris Johnson’s mobile phone was seized after MI5 raised fears over ‘massive security risk’

Boris Johnson may have confided that he thought Health Secretary Matt Hancock was ‘totally f****** hopeless’ but that also sums up MI5’s view of the PM’s mobile phone habits – which is why the device was confiscated, I can reveal.

Johnson had initially rebuffed pleas from the Cabinet Secretary to change his number. Weeks later, in April, it emerged that number had been freely available on the internet for the previous 15 years.

With Downing Street refusing to say if the personally chaotic PM had acquiesced and changed numbers, it was left to reporters to discover that he had done when they found the trusty old one no longer worked.

So what happened?

Johnson (pictured) had initially rebuffed pleas from the Cabinet Secretary to change his number. Weeks later, in April, it emerged that number had been freely available on the internet for the previous 15 years

I’m told the spooks, fearing a ‘massive security risk’, gave the go-ahead for Boris’s phone to be taken from him within 24 hours of Numbergate being exposed. 

MI5 was not concerned over further booty calls from his pole dancer squeeze Jennifer Arcuri or other deepthroats to whom Boris may have slipped the number over the years.

But there was certainly concern over a possible hack-attack from hostile states – or even friendly ones such as Saudi Arabia, after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was suspected of accessing Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’s phone by planting spyware via a WhatsApp message.

But, most of all, I’m told our spies were worried about Johnson’s tendency, as last week’s leaks from Dominic Cummings demonstrated, to conduct so much Government business by WhatsApp on that old mobile.

MI5 was not concerned over further booty calls from his pole dancer squeeze Jennifer Arcuri (pictured) or other deepthroats to whom Boris may have slipped the number over the years

‘Someone took the phone away at the behest of the spooks. They said it was a security risk,’ my source said. 

The protocol would be to then destroy it, another insider explained. Asked whether the PM’s new phone has any security protections installed, No10 pressed the mute button.

Last night, Downing Street confirmed the PM’s old phone had been ‘taken away’ but insisted it was not done by MI5 but, wait for it, officials. Say no more.

There was certainly concern over a possible hack-attack from hostile states – or even friendly ones such as Saudi Arabia, after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (pictured) was suspected of accessing Amazon boss Jeff Bezos’s phone

You’d have thought ‘one-to-one time’ is the last thing anyone needs with sex-pest Tory MP Rob Roberts. Unless of course you are taxpayer-funded management consultants.

He refuses to resign, but agreed to take part in ‘valuing everyone’ training to become a better person. Last night, the Commons confirmed the cost of Randy Rob’s re-education will be footed by taxpayers.

Despite having taken the same online course in 2019 – as a new MP – he still went on to harass staff. The training is run by Challenge Consultancy. This newspaper revealed it has earned more than £800,000 in Parliament contracts – something Lord Heseltine called a ‘shocking waste of taxpayer money’.

You’d have thought ‘one-to-one time’ is the last thing anyone needs with sex-pest Tory MP Rob Roberts. Unless of course you are taxpayer-funded management consultants

Even after Roberts’s ‘one-to-one’ woke workshop, a Government source tells me the Welsh MP won’t regain the Tory whip after his six-week Commons suspension.

‘Being able to drive is crucial,’ said Margaret Ferrier in the Commons last week. There’s nothing like a bit of self-knowledge – for she was kicked out of the SNP last year and charged with culpable and reckless conduct for travelling from London to Glasgow by train after testing positive for Covid.

Every little helps – or so it seems for Labour MP Taiwo Owatemi, who says she’ll supplement her £82,000 salary with shifts as a pharmacist at Tesco. 

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