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No10 accidentally publishes Carrie Symonds’ phone number in taxpayer-funded dog portrait

Carrie Symonds’ cellular phone number was accidentally revealed on-line by Downing Street at present as a part of a taxpayer-funded photoshoot of her and Boris Johnson’s dog.

Pictures in the snow of Dilyn, owned by Ms Symonds and her fiance, had been taken by a civil servant and shared on Flickr at present.

One of the images in the backyard of 10 Downing Street clearly confirmed Ms Symonds’ phone number on the collar tag.

The {photograph}, taken by Pippa Fowles, a Ministry of Defence photographer seconded to No10, has since been taken down.

The blunder got here as Downing Street defended using three taxpayer-funded “vanity photographers” to chronicle the work of the Government and the prime ministerial pets – first revealed by the Mirror final week.

Two civil servants – one in all whom began final week on as much as £60,000 a year – and a particular adviser part-time on the equal of £100,000 a year take footage of Mr Johnson and different Government ministers.



The phone number was initially clearly seen in this picture, which has been pixelated

Recent footage taken by the crew of snappers additionally included a photograph of Larry the No 10 cat sitting on a sideboard beneath a portray of the Queen.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman claimed it was an excellent use of taxpayers’ money, as a result of the PM’s crew of vainness photographers had been a “government resource” and “document the work of the Government as well as the work inside No10.”

He insisted the photographers had been paid by the general public to seize “not just the work of the Prime Minister but the whole of the cabinet.”

Asked what contribution Dilyn makes to authorities work, the spokesman didn’t answer.

Neither he nor Larry are considered members of the cupboard.

Pressed on what work the animals did for the Government, the spokesman stated: “I point you back to what I have already said.”

A Labour supply stated: “The Government has made such a dog’s dinner of issues from the border response to kids’ education, Dilyn would be a marked improvement and probably waste less taxpayers’ cash.”

It comes regardless of the PM already using a photographer, Andrew Parsons, as his Special Advisor part-time on the equal of £100,000 a year.

Mr Parsons has long-standing hyperlinks with the Tory chief and the Conservatives paid his agency £45,000 for work in the 2019 election.

Key moments in historical past have typically been recorded by way of promotional photographs taken by authorities workers, that are then circulated to the information media. They are sometimes then used as a substitute of photographs by unbiased press photographers.

Asked why press photographers couldn’t try this job, the spokesman stated: “It is obviously important that we record the activity of the Government and… we make these pictures available for editorial use.

“You are conscious that we enable for different photographers to accompany ministers and prime ministers on visits additionally.”

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner told the Mirror: “The public might be rightly questioning why there’s apparently no restrict on the money that may be discovered to pay for a coterie of vainness photographers for the Prime Minister.”

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