Anyone who comes into the orbit of Boris Johnson tends to emerge damaged and it took me a long time to recover from having worked with him. It was a pretty traumatic experience. He is a pretty scary man actually when he’s angry and it’s only you, one woman, in the office with him. He is intimidating and imposing and quite sort of aggressive. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone and I think the nearer you get to him the less you like him.
26 January 2022 – Sonia Purnell, Johnson’s biographer and his former deputy in the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels bureau