Boris Johnson’s first wife points to New Statesman cover of her ex-husband in a cage

Responding to claims about his threatening behaviour, she said our “Restraining order” splash was a “very good cover”.

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The latest issue of the New Statesman has become a prop in the row over Boris Johnson’s fitness for office.

Amid stories about his private life emerging during his leadership campaign, including a much-publicised row with his partner Carrie Symonds, the Sunday Times heard from an old friend of his first wife Allegra Mostyn-Owen, claiming that he had harangued and threatened her.

When asked about this account, Mostyn-Owen refused to comment, but held up a copy of this week’s magazine, with the front cover depicting a mock-up of Johnson in a cage with the headline: “Restraining order”.

“You want a confirmation or a denial. I am not going to do that either way,” she told the Sunday Times. “Except that I think this is a very good cover”, pointing to the New Statesman.

 Here it is:

I'm a mole, innit.