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Boris Johnson
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Born on 19th of June 1964
British hero of the week November 10th 2009

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In the 18th century Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson might have become Prime Minister. In contemporary Britain his highest office is likely to be as Mayor of London , a post he won in 2008, though as an Old Etonian, a former Bullingdon Club member, and from a privileged family (his father once a Conservative MEP) he seems suited to Cameron era Conservatism.
Johnson is an intriguing admixture in several ways: born in New York and for much of his life an American citizen, educated partly in Brussels, his background including Jewish and Muslim ancestors, he is also very British having been a King’s Scholar at Eton and studied classics at Balliol, and with an often eccentric approach (which can occasionally seem rather studied) described as Wodehousian by sometime colleagues Ian Hislop and Paul Merton .
Boris Johnson was a journalist before winning the Henley seat at the 2001 general election (which he resigned in June 2008 to stand for Mayor of London), writing for The Times, The Telegraph (where he rose to assistant editor), and The Spectator, which he eventually edited.
One of the few modern politicians still keen to speak his mind – something that has seen him in hot water after hurting Liverpool ’s finer feelings for example – he has become a much loved figure, instantly recognizable for his mop of unruly blonde hair, his fame helped by appearances on Have I Got News For You and Top Gear, his intervention in a mugging, and his wit in innumerable interviews. He is probably not so proud of the amount of coverage alleged marital infidelity has generated; his claim that a £250,000 annual fee was chicken-feed; and the now little-remembered Stuart Collier matter.
Whatever his faults, Boris is rarely less than engaging and entertaining, which few could say of those who of late have been, are, or may become Prime Minister.

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