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PM rebuffs bid to make him reveal ‘naughtiest thing’ he has done

Boris Johnson said he would ‘bitterly regret it’ if he gave an improvised answer to the question.

Boris Johnson rebuffed bids to reveal the naughtiest thing he has ever done (Alastair Grant/PA)
Boris Johnson rebuffed bids to reveal the naughtiest thing he has ever done (Alastair Grant/PA)

By Richard Wheeler, PA Parliamentary Editor

Boris Johnson has refused to reveal the “naughtiest thing” he has ever done.

The Prime Minister said he had not cleared an answer with his “handlers” and would “bitterly regret it” if he improvised one.

During the 2017 general election, then prime minister Theresa May caused amusement after replying that the naughtiest thing she had ever done was to “run through the fields of wheat” as a child.

Mr Johnson, asked the same question on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, said: “No, no, no. I’m not telling you the naughtiest thing I’ve ever done.”

I’m not going to make any comment about, you know, I’m not, I’m not gonna extemporise some answer about the naughtiest thing I’ve ever done Boris Johnson

Asked why not, the PM said: “Because I would improvise an answer which I had not cleared with my handlers and I would bitterly regret it.”

Pressed on whether it was naughtier than running through a field of wheat, Mr Johnson replied: “I’m not going to make any comment about, you know, I’m not, I’m not gonna extemporise some answer about the naughtiest thing I’ve ever done.

“By the way, I think running through a field of wheat – no, I’m gonna be critical of Theresa.”

He added: “I’ll tell you what, Sophy, I’ll make you this promise.

“If I can think of some answer about the naughtiest thing I’ve ever done that is both interesting and not terminally politically damaging, I will try and provide it for you the next time we meet.”

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