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Boris Johnson, Darius Guppy And The News Of The World Phone Hacking Saga

by | 14th, July 2011

SEE if you can join the dots between phone hacking and London Mayor and Telegraph journalist Boris Johnson

Johnson once received a call from Darius Guppy best man to the Princess of Wales’s brother, and fellow ex-Etonian and Bullingdon Club member. Yep. Like David Cameron and like George Osborne, who championed Andy Coulson for that job as the PM Cameron’s press handler. Guppy wanted help in getting in touch with News of the World j ournalist Stuart Collier. Guppy had heard that Collier was asking questions about his life. Guppy wanted him stopped frightened off. All he needed was Collier’s private phone number and address.

Boris Johnson was the Telegraph’s European correspondent in Brussels. Maybe the anti youth violence champion could help?

In 1993, Guppy would soon be jailed for five years for a £1.8 million insurance fraud. Guppy was jailed for five years in 1993. He served three in jail.

In the summer of 1990, Guppy and Johnson talked on the phone. Here are the highlights:

Johnson : “I really, I want to know …”

Guppy : “I guarantee you he will not be seriously hurt.”

Johnson : “How badly will he …”

Guppy : “He will not have a broken limb or broken arm, he will not be put into intensive care or anything like that. He will probably get a couple of black eyes and a a cracked rib or something.”

Johnson : “Cracked rib?”

Guppy : “Nothing which you didn’t suffer at rugby, OK? But he’ll get scared and that’s what I want I want him to get scared, I want him to have no idea who’s behind it, OK? And I want him to realise that he’s ****** someone off and that whoever he’s ****** off is not the sort of person he wants to mess around with.”

Johnson If you **** up, in any way… If he suspects I’m involved …”

Guppy : “No, no, he won’t.”

Johnson : “If it got out …”

Guppy : “That he’d been beaten up.”

Johnson : “Beaten up, it would inevitably get back to the contact.”

Guppy : “But Boris there’s absolutely no ******* proof: you just deny it. I mean, there’s no proof

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