Boris Johnson Slams Islington, Apparently Forgetting He Lived There For Almost A Decade

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When Johnson was the mayor of London, he lived in the £3.5 million Islington townhouse.

Boris Johnson targeted the north London borough of Islington during his keynote address, despite being there himself until 2018.


The prime minister’s speech at the Conservative Party convention on Wednesday saw him take a jibe at the leader of the opposition, Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer, who was a London-based lawyer before turning to politics.

He told the crowd: “What I found most incredible was the decision of Labor, now led by Lefty Islington lawyers, to vote against tougher punishment for serious sexual and violent offenders.”

Notably, the prime minister did not mention Starmer by name.

Starmer is now believed to reside in Camden, and is the MP for Holborn and St Pancras, not Islington.

Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn is the MP for Islington North, while Emily Thornberry, Shadow International Trade Secretary, is the MP for Islington South.

Nevertheless, Johnson also said: “We must be clear that there is a huge philosophical difference between us and Labor because in their spirit they don’t like to be leveled, they like to be leveled down.

“They like to behead tall poppies and tax the rich until the pips squeak, they dislike academic competition, Latin I hear.

“And in Islington – I love you I haven’t seen it with my own eyes – they love watching kids run races where no one really wins.”

Johnson actually lived in an Islington townhouse between 2009 and 2018, and sold it for £3.75 million when he moved out, divorcing his second wife, a former lawyer, Marina Wheeler.

The Islington home in question was also a five-story, Grade-II listed building.

The Prime Minister’s attacks also do not take into account the child poverty rate of the region.

According to the End Child Poverty Coalition’s findings in 2019, Islington has a child poverty rate of 47%, higher than the London average of 38% and the fourth highest rate in the entire country.

Significantly, Johnson has also lived in affluent areas around the world.

He was born in New York City, and lived in both London and Brussels before enrolling in Eton College’s elite boarding school, while his family was based in the west London area of ​​Primrose Hill.

He moved to Oxfordshire in 2018 after their marriage broke up, and then reportedly moved into a £675,000 flat with his then-girlfriend Carrie Symonds in Camberwell, south east London – both of them at 10 Downing Street when he became prime minister in 2019. gone.

Johnson’s Islington digs went unnoticed on Twitter.

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