Boris Johnson racked up £4,000 in parking fines while working for a magazine, says ex-boss

Boris Johnson worked as a car correspondent for GQ magazine where parking tickets started piling up “like snowdrift on the windscreen”, his former editor said.

Boris Johnson previously worked as a car correspondent for GQ magazine

Boris Johnson racked up £4,000 in parking tickets while working as a car correspondent, his former boss has claimed.

Dylan Jones, who edited GQ magazine for more than two decades until 2021, hired Mr Johnson to work at the Conde Nast headline in May 1999 while lunching at Le Caprice.

‘However, it soon became apparent that there was a problem as the editor began to receive a large number of parking tickets,’ Mr Jones wrote in The Sunday Times.

“And when I say a lot, I mean a lot; in Boris’ own words, they started to pile up ‘like blowing snow on the windscreen’.

Mr Jones added: “I once realized that in the decade he worked for GQ, Boris had cost us around £4,000 in parking tickets.







Boris Johnson flew to India this week but the visit was hampered by questions over the Partygate scandal
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“But he had also written over a hundred amazingly funny car reviews, so I thought it was worth it.”

Mr Jones, who was appointed an OBE in 2013 for services to the publishing and fashion industries, said “interestingly” that Mr Johnson had never received speeding tickets.

“And I have a pretty good idea why,” Mr Jones added.

“When the cars were delivered to his home in Islington, the automaker always noted the mileage, which is standard practice.

“The mileage was also noted when they came to pick them up again. And on more than one occasion – okay, on many, many occasions – the mileage was exactly the same.

“So I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.”

Downing Street declined to comment.

The Prime Minister is fighting for his political life amid the fallout from the Partygate scandal, which saw him fined £50 for attending a surprise birthday party in June 2020.

Cabinet Secretary Brandon Lewis tried to downplay the severity of the penalty by likening it to a parking fine before backtracking in a disastrous interview last week.

Mr Johnson has traveled more than 4,000 miles to India to escape his woes, but his efforts to focus on trade and diplomacy have been derailed by the ongoing row.

He told reporters in India he would still be prime minister in the fall – despite growing Tory discontent.

Police reportedly began issuing fines to attendees of a BYOB rally in the Downing Street garden in May 2020 – which the Prime Minister admitted to briefly attending.

But No 10 said Mr Johnson had yet to receive a fixed penalty notice for the event.

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