Oris Johnson’s mobile phone number has been available free on the internet for the past 15 years, according to reports.
Mr Johnson’s contact number was listed at the bottom of a press release while he was still shadow minister for higher education in 2006 – a document which was still available online in 2021.
Reports earlier this month suggested senior officials had called on Mr Johnson to change his number over concerns over the number of people who had contacted him directly.
Downing Street declined to comment on the report – first revealed on the Popbitch gossip website – that Mr Johnson’s phone number was available online to anyone looking for him.
The press release, which concerned his work as shadow minister for higher education, urged reporters to contact Mr Johnson directly on a House of Commons office number or on his cell phone.
Attempts to call the number Thursday night were greeted with an automated message saying the phone was “off” and an invitation to “Please try again later or send a text”.
The Prime Minister’s use of his cell phone has been in the spotlight after text messages leaked with entrepreneur Sir James Dyson and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Earlier this month, the Daily Telegraph reported that Simon Case, the head of the civil service, had suggested that the Prime Minister change his number because his current number was too well known.