Name: Boris Johnson
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
24 July 2019
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Theresa May
Leader of the Conservative Party
23 July 2019
Preceded by Theresa May
24 July 2019
Head Elizabeth II
Preceded by Theresa May
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
13 July 2016 – 9 July 2018
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Philip Hammond
Succeeded by Jeremy Hunt
Mayor of London
4 May 2008 – 9 May 2016
Preceded by Ken Livingstone
Succeeded by Sadiq Khan
Member of Parliament
for Uxbridge and South Ruislip
7 May 2015
Preceded by John Randall
Majority 5,034 (10.8%)
Member of Parliament
9 June 2001 – 4 June 2008
Preceded by Michael Heseltine
Succeeded by John Howell
Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson
19 June 1964 (age 55)
New York City, U.S.
United States (1964–2016)
Political party Conservative
(m. 1987; div. 1993)
(m. 1993; sep. 2018)
Domestic partner Carrie Symonds (2019–present)
Children 5 or 6
Stanley Johnson (father)
Charlotte Fawcett (mother)
Rachel Johnson (sister)
Jo Johnson (brother)
Leo Johnson (brother)
Residence 10 Downing Street
Education Eton College
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Who is Boris Johnson?
Boris Johnson is a leading British-born Conservative politician. He served as Mayor of London in 2008-16 and was responsible for the 2012 London Olympics. He also played a leading role in the 2016 EU referendum “Vote Fake” campaign and later became Foreign Minister. He is one of Britain’s most watched politicians and is known for his eccentric attitude towards life. He is touted as a potential future leader of the Conservative Party.
The early life of Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson was born on June 19, 1964. His full name is actually Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, but he chose to use the abbreviation of Boris.
Boris Johnson parents
Boris is the son of Stanley Johnson, a descendant of the Turks and a former member of the European Parliament. Boris studied at the University of Eaton and the University of Oxford at Balliol College where he studied classics. While at the University of Oxford, he became president of the prestigious Oxford University Federation. He is alleged to be the candidate of choice for the Social Democratic Party, although Boris claims that he has never actively participated in the centre-left party.
While at Oxford, he also participated in various drinking clubs, such as Bullingdon Club. This drinking society has something to do with the “Long Live Henry” mentality. Boris has always maintained the image of Oxford in political and public life. Boris said in his own words:
“A wise guy playing the fool to win” – Boris Johnson
The media have often referred to him as “Bozzer”.
On graduating from Oxford he spent one week as a management consultant, before having to resign he memorably said:
“Try as I might, I could not look at an overhead projection of a growth profit matrix, and stay conscious” – Boris Johnson
Instead, he worked in journalism. In 1987, he was a reporter for The Times, but editor Charles Wilson resigned because historian Colin Lucas invented the quote. After the Times, he moved to the Telegraph, where he was appointed to Brussels to cover European issues. In the Telegraph he pioneered a niche market-writing humorous Europsceptic articles, which was warmly welcomed by Telegraph readers.
🗣 Prime Minister @BorisJohnson: "To show our friends in Brussels that we're united in our purpose, MPs should vote with the govt against Corbyn’s pointless delay."
💙 Like if you agree with Boris 👇 pic.twitter.com/DBCNH2nbnO
— Conservatives #StayHomeSaveLives (@Conservatives) September 2, 2019
Johnson was criticised by fellow journalists for writing untruths and making up stories to discredit the European Commission. However, the articles had a powerful impact on UK politics, increasing tensions within the Conservative Party, and raising the profile of Euro-scepticism.
In 1999, his profile led him to be hired as editor of the Spectator; his position led to considerable controversy. Not least, over an editorial criticising the people of Liverpool for being “overly sentimental” in response to the murder of British hostage Ken Bigley.
The editorial created uproar in Liverpool; Boris Johnson was forced by his party leader Michael Howard to travel to Liverpool to apologise for his behaviour. Boris did go to Liverpool though he faced a frosty reaction. As Boris Johnson and President Donald Trump
Boris Johnson as MP
In 2001, Boris Johnson replaced Michael Heseltine as a member of Henley-on-Thames. In 2004 he was appointed Minister of Shadow Art. However, in November 2004, he was forced to resign on charges of extramarital affairs with Petronella Wyatt. In 2005, he was sentenced to death and was appointed Minister of Shadow Education.
In 2006, another allegation of extramarital affairs appeared, but David Cameron did not believe that was enough to be fired. In 2015, he was elected to Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
Brexit Campaign: 2015–2016
In February 2016, after a bit of hard work, Johnson approved a leave of absence during the 2016 “out” campaign in the European Union’s referendum. He called Cameron’s warning about leaving “too exaggerated.” After this announcement was interpreted by financial markets as making Brexit more likely, the pound-dollar exchange rate fell by almost 2%, reaching its lowest level since March 2009.
Boris Johnson and Mayor of London
In July 2007, Boris Johnson resigned as shadow education minister, so he was free to serve as a Conservative candidate for the mayor of London.
He successfully defeated the current Ken Livingstone. As mayor of London, Boris Johnson has built a strong political image, often criticizing his party, such as setting a ceiling on housing subsidies, which has done more harm to London than elsewhere. In describing his political views, Johnson said:
“[I am] free-market, tolerant, broadly libertarian (though perhaps not ultra-libertarian), inclined to see the merit of traditions, anti-regulation, pro-immigrant, pro-standing on your own two feet, pro-alcohol, pro-hunting, pro-motorist and ready to defend to the death the right of Glenn Hoddle to believe in reincarnation.” – Boris Johnson
From 2008-16, Johnson served as Mayor of London becoming one of the highest-profile politicians in the UK. He has often been rumoured as a credible leadership candidate for the Conservative party, though he often denied this. In 2012, Johnson was re-elected Mayor of London, again defeating Ken Livingstone.
How did Boris Johnson become Mayor of London?
- Developed high media profile through appearance on TV
- Ability to turn gaffes into public relation successes.
- An appeal to young people across traditional party boundaries.
- Gave the impression of charismatic and unique personality, an increasing rarity in modern politics.
- It was partly a backlash against the Labour government in 2007, but primarily because of Johnson’s personal profile. It is rare for Conservatives to do well in London.
- Ken Livingston had his own high public profile after eight years in the job, but there was some desire for a change
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) September 2, 2019
Boris is known for his love of cycling, and he commutes frequently to and from London’s busy streets. As mayor of London, he implemented an existing idea to provide rental bicycles in London. For some time they were called “Boris bikes”.
He stole many bicycles and wrote a lot of injustices about bicycle theft. For example, he noted that when stealing bicycles, people often criticize cyclists for not taking enough precautions or buying bicycles that are too fast. He admitted that he had fantasized about leaving dummy bikes to thieves as bait, and then gave the SEALs to criminals.
Boris Johnson says he misses cycling in London
Boris Johnson and Have I got News for You
In 1998, Boris Johnson first appeared in “I’m Your News”. His appearance was considered successful, he was invited back to future shows, and was twice invited to host the show. Johnson’s comedy role as a comedian (Upper-Class Twit) made him a media celebrity and transcended the political class.
Usually, the show lasts 30 minutes. With Boris as chairman, there are often pauses and extra time to resolve issues. Merton and Hislop kindly referred to Johnson as a “Wadhouse” and agreed “every time he gets better.”
Some of Boris Johnson quotes
“We’re moving irresistibly towards a conclusion.”
“Badgers badgers badger badger badgers.”
“There may be a reason I can’t think of, but the problem with that reason is that I can’t think of it now.”
“I think I was once given cocaine, but I sneezed, so it didn’t go up my nose. In fact, it may have been icing sugar.”
“I could not fail to disagree with you less.”
– Boris Johnson, Have I Got News for You
Boris was a key figurehead for the successful 2012 London Olympics. – Even getting stuck on a high wire, did Boris no harm. At the end of the London Olympics, Johnson said:
“But I suppose there are two emotions – one is obviously some sadness that it is all over, because it’s been an amazing experience, but also a great relief because there is no doubt it has been a prodigious exertion by London and by Londoners.”
Boris Johnson and EU Referendum (brexit)
In February 2016, Boris Johnson announced that he would support the “Vote Leave” campaign. His decision to vote for leave instead of the Prime Minister’s “reserved” election was considered a very influential decision-because his high profile could attract many uncertain voters. Johnson, who has talked about the advantages of a single market, said that it was a difficult decision.
In fact, Boris Johnson wrote two articles-one supporting leave and one supporting Remain. He said he wrote two different articles to help him make up his mind. Critics believe that this shows his intent. Some people believe that his decision to support the vote was partly based on belief, because it will help him better engage in political career.
On the eve of the referendum, Johnson appeared in a live television debate and announced that June 23 could be “Britain’s Independence Day.” Unexpectedly, the United Kingdom voted for a 52% to 48% majority in favour of leaving the European Union.
As a result, Prime Minister David Cameron resigned to lead the Conservative leadership movement. Boris Johnson is expected to be the front runner as he is most popular among party activists. But, to many’s surprises, his “leave” campaign compatriot Michael Goff announced his position, leading Johnson to re-evaluate and unexpectedly announce that he would eventually stop. Finally, Theresa May, who nominally supported Vote Remain, was selected as the party’s leader.
Despite disagreements with Theresa May, she nominated Johnson as foreign minister.
boris Johnson’s Books
Boris Johnson has authored 7 books on Ancient Rome, Winston Churchill and a best selling account of the The Spirit of London.
The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History
The Spirit of London
Have I Got Views for You
Life in the Fast Lane: The Johnson Guide to Cars
Lend Me Your Ears
The Dream of Rome
Friends, Voters, Countrymen
Boris Johnson on coronavirus (covid-19)
Boris Johnson told the daily press conference the UK can ‘turn the tide’ in the fight against coronavirus within the next 12 weeks. The Prime Minister said the first British patient had been put in a randomised trial for a treatment for coronavirus, and he expected relatively soon the government would be able to do mass testing to see if people had contracted it.
— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 23, 2020
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