Tom Penn and partner Eve Leigh have not been seen at their home in Camberwell, South London, since the left-wing couple recorded an argument between the politician and his girlfriend last week and sent it to The Guardian, sparking protests outside the property. Ms Symonds is reported to have stayed away from the flat as a result. Another neighbour told the publication the public have posted death threats through Mr Penn’s door.
They are said to be staying elsewhere in response to the threats in recent days.
Neighbour Wayne Moseley, 47, said Mr Penn and Ms Leigh were trying to keep a low profile.
He said: “People in the community have actually been sending death threats in the door after Tom.
“They’re going crazy for this guy because they don’t believe what he did was right. Whatever Tom was doing it for, it’s wrong, it wasn’t done in a neighbourly fashion.
“You can’t come back and live here and think it’s going to be peace and harmony – you’re going to bump into each other – he has to go past Boris to go up the stairs.”
Two other neighbours said they have not seen Mr Penn and Ms Leigh since news of the row broke last Friday.
Mr Moseley said he expects the couple will be back.
He said: “Everybody’s got an issue with what Tom’s done – the community, from what I’ve heard, don’t mind Boris or his girlfriend coming back.
“He could be living in some gated community but he’s chosen to stay here.”
Mr Johnson, who is up against Jeremy Hunt for the role of Prime Minister after Theresa May steps down on July 22, addressed the rumours when speaking to supporters yesterday afternoon.
A woman told the 54-year-old “we thought you were the best from the word go”. They added jokingly: “Just don’t have any more rows.”
Mr Johnson said: “No more rows. No, no, no. All quiet, all quiet.”