Boris Johnson looks like a man with plenty on his mind as he sits alone with his thoughts yesterday.
He resorted to the quintessential British pick-me-up – a cup of tea in his garden – as he fiddled with his mobile phone, toying with the prospect that he had lost any hope of making a Tory leadership bid and seeing his marriage collapse around him.
The photos, taken from a public footpath, show Mr Johnson, 54, sitting on garden steps at his home in Thame, Oxfordshire.
They came as details emerged of his relationship with Tory socialite Carrie Symonds who made no secret of their close friendship months before his marriage split.
The vivacious aide shared dates with the married father of four and showed off their lengthy text message exchanges to friends.
Mr Johnson and Miss Symonds, 30, were said to be “inseparable” at one function and giggled together as they left another.