The Daily Telegraph

Johnson tells ex-PM to consider Nato role

Foreign Secretary and David Cameron make up during dinner in New York, but deny ‘dad-dancing’

- By Gordon Rayner and Steven Swinford

BORIS JOHNSON jokingly suggested to David Cameron that he should consider becoming Nato’s secretaryg­eneral during an informal dinner in New York.

The Foreign Secretary met the former prime minister at the Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem, New York, on Thursday night, where the pair set aside past difference­s.

Several members of the Cabinet are keen for Mr Cameron to take the role at Nato and believe it would enhance Britain’s standing after it leaves the European Union.

The former prime minister is understood to be one of the front-line candidates for Europe’s top defence posting, which comes with a tax-free salary of £222,019. Sources said that Mr Johnson had only briefly raised the idea and Mr Cameron had brushed it aside, adding that it was “not remotely” on the cards.

It came as the Foreign Secretary’s spokesman denied claims that he and Mr Cameron had been “dad-dancing” during the hour-long meal.

One diner at the restaurant said that he saw the pair “bopping along”, while a Reuters reporter posted a picture of Mr Johnson apparently standing on a chair. The reporter claimed a source at the restaurant told her that Mr Johnson was “sloshed” and had “danced a little”.

A spokesman for Mr Johnson said it was a “total lie” to claim he had been dancing. He added that Mr Johnson had been trying to get out of his chair when the picture was taken.

The former prime minister is understood to have contacted Mr Johnson and asked to join him for dinner after watching him deliver a speech at the UN.

During the meal the pair are also understood to have praised Mrs May for her response to the Westminste­r attacks. “They said she was doing a great job,” a source said.

The two men were spotted as they left the restaurant by Joanna Geary, who works for Twitter. She told the Guardian: “As I passed, I instantly recognised the famous mop of hair belonging to Boris Johnson. I said, d, ‘Hello, Boris’.”

She said she did not even notice Mr r Cameron until the Foreign Secretary y said, “Well then, you’ll recognise my y friend David” and pointed to the for- - mer prime minister.

Ms Geary said another diner at the e restaurant told her: “Everyone realised d they were important, but had no idea a who they were. They were just bop-- ping along to the music like the rest of f us.”

She said she asked the diner if theyy were “dad-dancing”. “He laughed and d said: ‘That’s about the size of it’.”

But a spokesman for Mr Johnson n said the claim that the foreign secretary was dancing in the restaurant was “a total lie”.

Mr Cameron has tried to stay out of f politics since stepping down as MP for r Witney last September. He charges up p to £120,000 for each speech he makes, has become president of Alzheimer’s Research UK and is also chairing a com- - mission on overseas developmen­t.

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