Boris rejects move into US politics

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Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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Boris Johnson has said he has no plans to try to enter politics in the USA if he finds his ambitions thwarted in Britain.

The London Mayor – who hopes to return to the House of Commons at the May 7 general election in what many observers see as a step towards seizing the Conservative leadership and becoming prime minister – is theoretically eligible to become US President because he was born in New York and holds an American passport.

But he told LBC radio: “I think it unlikely I would be called upon to serve in that office.”

Asked whether he would consider a move to the US if voters in Uxbridge and South Ruislip reject him in May, Mr Johnson said: “It’s perfectly true that I was born in America. There was nothing I could do about it, I wanted to be close to my mother at the time and there she was.

“However, I haven’t lived there since I was five years old and, much though I admire America and admire and love American culture, I think my life and career is here in Britain and I want to see what more I can do here.

“The short answer is I live in Britain, I want to stick in Britain – this is my home, this is my country.”

Mr Johnson said he had not received any warnings over his safety from police after branding young men who get involved in Islamist militant groups “wankers”.

He defended his use of the swear-word, and insisted that his criticism was not directed at all Muslims, but only at those who take up the jihadi cause.

“It is very, very important that we do not in any way sanctify these people or think that they are somehow protected from a spot of normal common-or-garden abuse,” he said.

Mr Johnson held himself back “for now” from trading insults with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who suggested last week that he was a “twat”. Appearing on Channel 4 comedy show The Last Leg, Mr Clegg was asked if the mayor was a “statesman or twat” and replied “a bit more of the latter”.

On LBC radio, presenter Nick Ferrari used rhyming slang to ask the mayor whether Mr Clegg was “a statesman or a merchant banker”.

Mr Johnson replied: “I think he was a merchant banker or I think he comes from a distinguished family of merchant bankers, despite his Luddite economic policies.

“I would hesitate to descend to such abuse of dear old Cleggy. He has a largely ceremonial function. If he chooses to descend to this playground stuff, then I don’t intend to join him, at least not for now.”

Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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