Boris Johnson has told Sky News reporters waiting outside his Oxfordshire home that he will only speak to the press in London.

The former prime minister has been in the spotlight due to the ongoing Covid inquiry and Mr Johnson recently decided to hand over all his unredacted Whatsapp messages dating back to May 2021 as requested.

The inquiry is being led by Baroness Hallett and Mr Johnson’s decision to hand over his messages bypassed the government, which decided to launch a “judicial review of the demand”.

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This morning, Sky News reporters waited nearby his Oxfordshire home to ask him about the inquiry.

The reporter asked: “Have you handed in your old phone yet?”

To which Mr Johnson replied: “Never interview here.

“Interview in London.

“Never interview here.”

Mr Johnson was on a run when the reporter caught up with him.

It was recently reported in national newspapers that Mr Johnson had decided to spend £3.8 million for a grade-listed property in Brightwell-cum-Sotwell.


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The Times reported that Mr Johnson acquired the mansion without a mortgage and negotiated the price down by £200,000 from the £4 million asking price.

Mr Johnson was seen at the village’s annual Spring Fair at St Agatha’s Church on Saturday, May 20.

The former prime minister posed for photos with Revd Kevin Beer and was joined by his two young children and wife Carrie.

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