BORIS Johnson is reportedly facing a revolt in the Tory ranks over his plans to promote one of Carrie Symonds’s “best friends” to a high-level role.

The news has reignited allegations of cronyism and corruption within the Conservative Party, according to the Daily Mail.

The Prime Minister wants to promote Ross Kempsell, a Radio Times journalist, to the £90,000-a-year role of Conservative party director of research.

Kempsell, 28, is apparently on very close terms with Symonds, the Prime Minister’s third, and current, fiancee.

The role is not currently vacant, so Kempsell’s appointment would mean ousting Iain Carter, who has done the job since October 2019 according to his Linkedin profile.

Carter was previously the party’s political director, meaning he was Symonds’s boss in 2018, when she was forced to resign as Tory communications director after being accused of abusing her expenses.

After Johnson became Prime Minister, Carter was demoted to research director and stripped of control of the communications team.

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A Tory HQ source told the Daily Mail: “Ross Kempsell is a political novice without the background in serious political thinking needed to lead CRD [Conservative research department].

“It takes more than being chums with the PM and his partner. It would be outrageous to get rid of Iain like this.”

The CRD plays a key role in putting together the party’s manifesto.

According to Kempsell’s website, he “worked for a year as a policy adviser in the 10 Downing Street Policy Unit”.

He is reportedly a member of Symonds's network of friends, and attends events she hosts at her Downing Street flat.

Kempsell’s interview with Johnson, during which the now Prime Minister said the UK would leave the EU by October 31 “do or die, come what may” made headlines during the Conservative leadership race.

Symonds’s influence on Johnson became apparent recently following the resignation of Downing Street communications director Lee Cain, when it emerged that she had spoken against him to the Prime Minister.