Wilfred Johnson’s godmother receives government salary through closed recruitment process

A source said Ali ‘harassed Carrie for work’

A close friend and godmother of the Prime Minister’s son has been given a £350-a-day role at the Home Office without the job being advertised for the first time, an access request has revealed. information.

Nimco Ali OBE was appointed as an Advisor in October 2020, where she worked approximately 2 days per month on the UK Government’s strategy to tackle violence against women and girls.

While the announcement for the role stated that it would fuel a potentially influential report, a source close to the Johnsons said Ali had “harassed Carrie for a job” and that the role “was just a dressed up way for her to spend time. time with Priti.”

Information released by the Home Office shows it was a direct appointment, meaning the role was not advertised and was not offered to anyone other than Ali.

It also appears that the role was created specifically for her, with no evidence available to prove the job existed prior to her employment.

Ali is a prominent social activist who has long worked to raise awareness of the horrors of female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice she was subjected to as a child.

She went on to form the organization Daughters of Eve to campaign against FGM and later became CEO of The Five Foundation, a global partnership to end FGM.

Notably, Ross Kempsell, who was personally appointed by Boris Johnson to a senior communications position at CCHQ, worked as the foundation’s secretary.

Ali has a long-standing relationship with the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson.

Months after the announcement of the Government’s advisory appointment, it is understood Ali stayed with the couple over the 2020 festive period in Downing Street, despite strict social distancing rules in place across London.

At the time, Downing Street insisted no coronavirus rules had been broken, and she would have stayed through the Christmas lockdown as part of their childcare support bubble .

At the height of the lockdown, Ali was seen walking Wilfred with Carrie Johnson in London’s West End.

Ali was also a guest at Checkers, the prime minister’s taxpayer-funded house of grace and favor.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Nimco Ali has a strong track record in campaigning on Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) issues, raising awareness and educating on the female genital mutilation.

“She brings enormous experience and passion to this role, providing independent advice to help inform government policy and challenge the status quo.

“She has been appointed via direct appointment to lead a short-term project, and her appointment has been approved by the Cabinet Office’s public appointments policy team.”

Nimco Ali did not respond to request for comment.

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