, Johnson secured employment on the leader-writing desk of The Daily Telegraph, having met its editor, Max Hastings, during his Oxford University Union presidency.  His motion was unsuccessful as it failed to command the support of two-thirds of the House.  Johnson did not condemn the actions of the Spanish government and police during the outlawed Catalan independence referendum on 1 October 2017.  In September 2006, Papua New Guinea's High Commission protested after he compared the Conservatives' frequently changing leadership to cannibalism in Papua New Guinea.  On 22 June 2016, Johnson declared that 23 June could be "Britain's independence day" in a televised debate in front of a 6,000-member audience at Wembley Arena.  Johnson's announcement was criticised by Labour for the perceived politicisation of this nominally independent panel, who asked whether the appointment of key Johnson allies to the panel – "to dig dirt on Ken Livingstone" – was "an appropriate use of public funds". Johnson was born on 19 June 1964 in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, to 23-year-old Stanley Johnson, an Englishman, then studying economics at Columbia University, and his 22-year-old wife of one year Charlotte Fawcett, an Oxford-born artist from a family of liberal intellectuals, and a daughter of Sir James Fawcett, a barrister.  He gained a reputation as a poor political pundit as a result of incorrect political predictions made in the magazine, and was strongly criticised – including by his father-in-law Charles Wheeler – for allowing Spectator columnist Taki Theodoracopulos to publish racist and antisemitic language in the magazine. , During the first Mayoral term, Johnson was perceived as having moved leftward on certain issues, for instance supporting the London Living Wage and endorsing an amnesty for illegal migrants.  As of September 2020, his base of political support had not left him, largely because of his optimistic attitude about his country's future. Follow the @HouseofCommons on Twitter for updates on the UK House of Commons Chamber. , On 19 August 2019, Johnson wrote a letter to the EU and asked for the removal of the "backstop" accord, which had previously been agreed and signed by Theresa May during her premiership. , Purnell recognised that during the 2008 mayoral election he was "polarising opinions to the extreme", with critics viewing him as "variously evil, a clown, a racist and a bigot".  While retaining The Spectator's traditional right-wing bent, Johnson welcomed contributions from leftist writers and cartoonists.  According to later biographer Sonia Purnell – who was Johnson's Brussels deputy – he helped make Euroscepticism "an attractive and emotionally resonant cause for the Right", whereas previously it had been associated with the British Left.  As a child, Johnson was quiet and studious and suffered from deafness, resulting in several operations to insert grommets into his ears. , During his first administration, Johnson was embroiled in several personal scandals. For a detailed description of the technologies, please see the Cookie and Automatic Logging Policy. ", During trips to the United States as Foreign Secretary, Johnson had repeated meetings with Trump adviser and speechwriter Stephen Miller, which were held off White House grounds and kept quiet from May. Nearly two-thirds of those appointed went to fee-paying schools, and almost half had attended Oxbridge universities. – discuss]. A YouGov poll commissioned at the end of his term revealed that 52% of Londoners believed he did a "good job" as Mayor of London while only 29% believed he did a "bad job". Andrew Mitchell convinced Major not to veto Johnson's candidacy, but Johnson could not find a constituency.  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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".  In light of the remark, a King's College London student society revoked a speaking invitation it had extended to him.  Charlotte suffered a nervous breakdown and was hospitalised with clinical depression, after which in 1975 Johnson and his siblings were sent back to England to attend Ashdown House, a preparatory boarding school in East Sussex.  Whilst in Islington, the couple had three further children, all given the surname of Johnson-Wheeler, who were sent to the local Canonbury Primary School and then to private secondary schools. , In August 2018, The Daily Telegraph published a satirical article by Johnson criticising the then newly implemented Danish law against the wearing of the burqa or niqab. She's been loyal to Mr Corbyn but, at the same time, she doesn't identify closely with Mr Corbyn's team.  Johnson's appointment was criticised by some journalists and foreign politicians due to his history of controversial statements about other countries. He is known to have had four children with his second wife, Marina Wheeler; a fifth child from an extramarital affair with Helen MacIntyre; and a sixth child with his fiancée Carrie Symonds. Ms Thornberry has been the MP for Islington South and Finsbury since 2005. Following the 2017 general election, Johnson denied media reports that he intended to challenge May's leadership. She told Radio 4's Today programme that Labour had "a long road to travel," adding that the party needed to tackle anti-Semitism, restore "kindness to our politics" and be more "inclusive". In particular, it was announced that an extra 20,000 police officers would be hired, the roll-out of high-speed broadband would be sped up, the funding per school pupil would be increased to a minimum of £5,000 and £1.8 billion for upgrades and new equipment at hospitals.  An episode of Who Do You Think You Are? , In April 2019, the Independent Press Standards Organisation ruled that a claim in a 6 January 2019 article in The Daily Telegraph, "The British people won't be scared into backing a woeful Brexit deal nobody voted for", authored by Johnson, that a no-deal Brexit was "by some margin preferred by the British public" was false, and "represented a failure to take care over the accuracy of the article in breach of Clause 1 (i)" of its guidelines, and required that a correction to the false claim be published in the print edition, and appended to the online version. " Purnell wrote that colleagues regularly expressed the view that Johnson used people to advance his own interests, with Gimson saying that Johnson was "one of the great flatterers of our times". Relations with police, finance, and the media, 2019 Conservative Party leadership election. 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