I had meetings with lots of people who are very close to him and were very close to him then who told me ‘look, he just doesn’t know how to deal with you, he doesn’t know how to deal with women, he doesn’t particularly know how to deal with women who don’t fancy him’, which I certainly did not. Or women who aren’t part of a particular tribe. I wasn’t part of the Labour tribe or any other tribe, and he couldn’t get at me that way. So he smeared me instead, which was pretty unpleasant.
26 January 2022 – Sonia Purnell, Johnson’s biographer and his former deputy in the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels bureau