Alan Johnson officer facing probe

Alan Johnson officer facing probe

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Alan Johnson has been replaced by Ed Balls as shadow chancellor

A police officer is facing an internal inquiry amid allegations he had an affair with the wife of former Home Secretary Alan Johnson.

Mr Johnson quit on Thursday night as shadow chancellor over what he described as “personal issues in my private life”.

According to the Daily Mail, a Metropolitan Police protection officer assigned to protect Mr Johnson had allegedly been having an affair with his wife Laura. The newspaper reported that the officer was now protecting Home Secretary Theresa May.

Asked to comment on the report, a Scotland Yard spokesman said “certain matters regarding an MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) Pc were referred to the directorate of professional standards. We are not in a position to discuss further at this time.”

Mr Johnson’s spokesman refused to comment on the claims, while the Home Office said it did not comment on personal security measures.

Shadow minister Tessa Jowell told BBC2’s Newsnight she did not know why Mr Johnson had resigned, but added: “He’s clearly very distressed. It’s clearly a very, very difficult time for him.”

In his statement, Mr Johnson said only that it was “to do with my family”.

“I have found it difficult to cope with these personal issues in my private life whilst carrying out an important front bench role,” he added. Mr Johnson has been married to his second wife Laura for almost 20 years and the couple have a 10-year-old son.

His resignation left Ed Miliband facing his biggest test since being elected Labour leader, forcing him to reshuffle his shadow cabinet less than four months into the job. He installed Ed Balls as shadow chancellor after overlooking him last October.

Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman when asked on BBC Breakfast about reports in the press, said: “I can’t say anything about that. If there’s any comment to be made about a police officer, I think that comment will have to come from the police. I do want to say that I think Alan Johnson’s resignation is a real loss to frontline British politics.”

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