Ken Livingstone: Boris Johnson ‘just wants to be a celebrity’

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ken Livingstone has accused Boris Johnson of having no “great political agenda” and said he instead “just wants to be a famous celebrity”.

The former Labour Mayor of London said the Prime Minister talking over Jeremy Corbyn and presenter Julie Etchingham was the lasting image from last night’s ITV leaders’ debate.

Reflecting on debates between himself and Mr Johnson for the mayoral elections, Mr Livingstone told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer: “You never really know what he believes in.”

“He would talk over me, but the striking thing was he always just said what he thought the audience wanted to hear.”

Mr Livingstone added that “all [Mr Johnson] wanted to talk about was Brexit”, despite other issues being on voters’ minds ahead of the December 12 general election.

“The thing about Boris is he just wants to be a famous celebrity, and he doesn’t have great political agenda.

“That’s why he’s quite happy to just keep going on about Brexit, not going into a serious debate with Jeremy about how to rebuild our NHS or restore the tens of thousands of jobs lost in our schools.”

Labour has criticised Mr Johnson for repeatedly bringing the debate back to the UK's withdrawal from the EU.

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon said it showed his “inability to answer a straight question, or rather, not inability, but his decision not to answer questions straight”.

Meanwhile, Conservative Chairman James Cleverly said the opposition leader’s failure to confirm his position as either Leave or Remain, after being asked to do so nine times, showed he was “unfit to govern our country”.

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