Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson born 19 Junebetter known as Boris Johnsonis a British politician, popular historianand journalist. He had previously been the MP for Henley from to A member of the Conservative PartyJohnson identifies as a one-nation conservative and has been associated with both economically and socially liberal policies. He began his career in journalism at The Times but was sacked for falsifying a quotation. He later became The Daily Telegraph ' s Brussels correspondent, with his articles exerting a strong influence on growing Eurosceptic sentiment among the Roger johnson tv presenter wife sexual dysfunction right-wing.
He was assistant editor from to before taking the editorship of The Spectator from to He largely adhered to the Conservatives' party line but adopted a more socially liberal stance on issues like LGBT rights in parliamentary votes.
Making regular television appearances, writing books, and remaining active in journalism, Johnson became one of the most conspicuous politicians in the United Kingdom. Selected as Conservative candidate for the London mayoral election ofJohnson defeated Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone and resigned his seat in the House of Commons. During his first term as Mayor of London, he banned alcohol consumption on much of the capital's public transport, championed London's financial sector, and introduced the New Routemaster buses, cycle hire schemeand Thames cable car.
Inhe was reelected to the office, again defeating Livingstone; during his second term he oversaw the Summer Olympics.
InJohnson became a prominent figure in the successful Vote Leave campaign to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union. Johnson is a controversial figure in British politics and journalism. Supporters have praised him as an entertaining, humorous, and popular figure with appeal beyond traditional Conservative voters. Conversely, he has been criticised by figures on both the left and right, who accused him of elitism, cronyism, dishonesty, laziness, and using racist language.
Johnson is the subject of several biographies and a number of fictionalised portrayals. Stanley had married Johnson's mother, Charlotte Fawcett inbefore they moved to the United States; she was an artist from a family of liberal intellectuals. Johnson's parents were then living in an opposite the Chelsea Hotel although they soon embarked on a tour of Canada and New England with their newborn.
Inthe family returned to the United Kingdom, settling into Stanley's family farm at Nethercote, near Winsford in Exmoor. After Stanley secured employment at the European Commission
Roger johnson tv presenter wife sexual dysfunction, he moved his family to Brussels in Aprilwhere they settled in Uccle and Johnson became fluent in French. Johnson was awarded a King's Scholarship to study at Eton Collegethe elite independent boarding school in Eton, Berkshire.
Johnson won a scholarship to read Literae Humanioresa four-year course based in Roger johnson tv presenter wife sexual dysfunction study of Classics, at Balliol College, Oxford.
Johnson became a popular and well-known public figure at Oxford. Consulting ; finding it boring, he resigned after a week. Johnson invented a quote for the article that he falsely claimed came from the historian Colin Lucashis own godfather. Johnson secured employment on the leader-writing desk of The Daily Telegraphhaving known its editor, Max Hastingsthrough his Oxford University presidency.
Johnson biographer Andrew Gimson believed that these articles made Johnson "one of [Euroscepticism's] most famous exponents". As a result, Johnson earned the mistrust of many party members. In FebruaryAllegra left Johnson and returned to London. After several attempts to reconcile, they divorced in April Under the influence of this milieu and his wife, Johnson moved in a more liberal direction on issues like climate changeLGBT rightsand race relations.
Back in London, Hastings turned down Johnson's request to become a war reporter instead promoting him to the position of assistant editor and chief political columnist. Contemplating a political career, in Johnson outlined his desire to stand as a Conservative candidate to be a Member of
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Although Major considered vetoing Johnson's candidacy, Andrew Mitchell convinced him not to. Nevertheless, Johnson found it impossible to find a constituency and did not stand in that election.
After being rejected as Conservative candidate for Holborn and St.
Scandal erupted in June when a recording of a telephone conversation between Johnson and his friend Darius Guppy was made public. Johnson agreed to supply the information although he expressed concern that he would be associated with the attack.
Johnson was given a regular column in The SpectatorThe Daily Telegraph 's sister publication; it attracted mixed reviews and was often thought rushed.
Johnson's appearance on an April episode of Have I Got News for You brought him to a far wider audience; emphasising a bumbling upper-class persona, he was viewed as entertaining and invited back on to later episodes, including as a guest presenter. Following the retirement of Michael HeseltineJohnson decided to stand as the Conservative candidate for Henleya Conservative safe seat in Oxfordshire.
In becoming a Member of Parliament, Johnson broke his promise to Black that he would not do so while editing The Spectator. Although labelling Johnson as "ineffably duplicitous", Black did not sack him, viewing him as "a capable editor" who "helped promote the magazine and raise its circulation".
Jottings on the Stumpwhich recounted his experiences during the election campaign. Roger johnson tv presenter wife sexual dysfunction Comedy of Errorswhich Roger johnson tv presenter wife sexual dysfunction around the life of a Conservative MP and contained various biographical elements. Inin an article Johnson wrote for The Daily Telegraphhe suggested Queen Elizabeth must love touring the Commonwealth because she's greeted by "cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies " and that in the Congo, Tony Blair would be met with "watermelon smiles".
Johnson argued that Clarke was the only candidate capable of winning a general election; however, Iain Duncan Smith was selected.
Roger johnson tv presenter wife sexual dysfunction AugustJohnson was one of several MPs who supported the commencement of impeachment procedures against Prime Minister Tony Blair for " high crimes and misdemeanours " in relation to his role in the invasion of Iraq.
Roger johnson tv presenter wife sexual dysfunction, the impeachment motion was quickly defeated.
In Novemberthe British tabloids revealed that, sinceJohnson had been having an affair with Spectator columnist Petronella Wyattresulting in two terminated pregnancies.
Johnson initially dismissed the claims as "piffle". Johnson refused, at which point Howard sacked him from those positions. In the general electionJohnson was re-elected MP for Henley, increasing his majority to 12, InThe Spectator ' s new chief executive, Andrew Neilremoved Johnson from the editorship of the magazine. In Novemberin an article Johnson wrote for The Daily Telegraphduring Hillary Clinton 's first presidential bid he described her as "a sadistic nurse in a mental hospital.
In MarchJohnson suggested that he stand for the position of Mayor of London in the Roger johnson tv presenter wife sexual dysfunction election. Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone took Johnson seriously, referring to him as "the most formidable opponent I will face in my political career.
Settling into the mayoral offices at City Hall Johnson's first official engagement was an appearance at the Sikh celebrations for Vaisakhi in Trafalgar Square.
Johnson resented this, and ultimately did not pay a full fifth. Johnson made no major changes to the mayoral system as developed by Livingstone. The report, available inshowed London had been in breach of levels of diesel nitrogen dioxide levels since in areas affecting primary schools.
Poor areas, such as Newham, Hackney, and Tower Hamletswere on average more polluted than more affluent areas and nearly 6, Londoners die annually from nitrogen dioxide levels above EU standards. He retained Livingstone projects like Crossrail and the Olympic Gamesbut was accused of trying to take credit for them. Johnson assumed control at City Hall on 4 May During the first term of his mayoralty, Johnson was perceived as having moved leftward on certain issues, for instance by supporting the London Living Wage and the idea of an amnesty for illegal migrants.
Johnson appointed himself chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority MPAand in October successfully pushed for the resignation of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair after the latter was criticised for allegedly handing contracts to friends and for his handling of the death of Jean Charles de Menezes.
Upon visiting shopkeepers and residents affected by the riots in Claphamhe was booed and jeered by some elements within the crowds. Johnson championed London's financial sector and denounced what he saw as "banker bashing" following the financial crisis of —08 condemning the anti-capitalist Occupy London movement that appeared in The formation of the Forensic Audit Panel was announced on 8 May The panel is tasked with monitoring and investigating financial management at the London Development Agency and the Greater London Authority.
During his first administration, Johnson was embroiled in several personal scandals. After moving to a new house in Islington, he built a shed on his balcony without obtaining planning permission ; after neighbours complained, he dismantled the shed. Up for re-election inJohnson again hired Crosby to orchestrate his campaign. Wilson characterised as a "coded plea" for votes. Johnson's campaign emphasised the accusation that Livingstone was guilty of tax evasionfor which Livingstone called Johnson a "bare-faced liar".
London was successful in its bid to host the Summer Olympics while Ken Livingstone was still mayor in Johnson's role in the proceedings was to be the co-chair of an Olympic board which oversaw the games. In Februaryduring a London Assembly meeting following the publication of the budget for London, Johnson was ejected from the meeting following a vote and on the grounds that his deputy Victoria Borwick had left the chamber.
Upon realising that the vote meant that he would not be questioned on the budget, Johnson referred to his political opponents as "great supine protoplasmic invertebrate jellies". He joked that Malaysian women attended university in order to find husbands, causing some offence among female attendees.
InJohnson pushed his biography of Churchill, The Churchill Factorwith media emphasising how Johnson repeatedly compared himself to Churchill throughout. He said, " NapoleonHitlervarious people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods. Johnson did not run for a third term for Mayor of London and stepped down on 5 May following the election of former Transport Minister, Sadiq Khan.