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1. Controversial Figure:
Johnson is a controversial figure within British politics and journalism. He has been criticised by figures on both the left and the right, who have accused him of elitism, cronyism, dishonesty, laziness, and using racist and homophobic language. Johnson is the subject of several documented biographies and a number of fictionalised portrayals.
2. Mayor of London:
Born in 1964, Johnson served as the second elected mayor of London from 2008 to 2016.
3. He Has American And British Citizenship:
Johnson was born to British parents on 19 June 1964 in Manhattan‘s Upper East Side in New York City.
His birth was registered with both the U.S authorities and the city’s British Consulate thereby granting him both American and British citizenship. His father, Stanley Johnson, was then studying Economics at Columbia University.
4. Worked As A Journalist:
Boris Johnson worked as a journalist briefly working for The Times and later securing employment with The Daily Telegraph
5. Served As An MP:
Boosted by his television fame, at that time; Johnson stood as the Conservative candidate for the constituency in the 2001 general election, winning with a majority of 8,500 votes. He was to represent Henley, a conservative seat in Oxfordshire.
6. Arrived Late Twice To Official Functions During First Week As Mayor:
He received criticism during the early weeks of his administration, largely because he was late for two official functions in his first week on the job, and because after three weeks he went on holiday to Turkey.
7. A Renowned Polyglot
Boris Johnson is a fluent speaker of major language such as French and Italian, and has a good grasp of German, Spanish, and Latin, known to frequently use it in classical references in his newspaper columns and speeches.
8. Married Thrice:
Boris Johnson married three times but is currently with his latest partner and current girlfriend, Carrie Symonds.
9. Compared To Donald Trump:
More recently, Johnson has evoked comparisons with United States President Donald Trump In June 2016, Nick Clegg described him as “like Donald Trump with a thesaurus”, while fellow Conservative MP Kenneth Clarke described him as a “nicer Donald Trump” and EU official Martin Selmayr described the potential election of Johnson and Trump to the leadership of their respective countries as a “horror scenario”
10. Awarded For “Worst In British Politics”:
In The Economist’s 2018 end-of-the-year awards for the worst in British politics, Johnson received the highest award (the “politician who has done most to let down his party and country”). The Economist described Johnson as one of the architects of the Brexit “catastrophe”
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