Boris Johnson has been caught out again over his close links to the Murdochs. After Political Scrapbook exposed secret meetings between the London mayor and News Corp staff — including Rupert Murdoch — as Met Police’s hacking investigation was launched, staff from BBC London have now uncovered new details of phone calls with senior executives.
As with the meetings detailed by Scrapbook in June, Boris did his best to resist disclosure of his full diary in repose to a freedom of information request, arguing that revealing details of his movements would pose “a sizeable risk” to his security. The information commissioner disagreed, however, forcing the release of Boris’ full itinerary, including:
- Two secret phone calls with Rebakah Brooks
- One undeclared phone call with James Murdoch
- Two face-to-face meetings with lobbyist Fred Michel
We’re publishing a full run-down of Boris’ Murdoch fibs tomorrow morning.