Ken Livingstone slams Boris and predicts leadership challenge
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Speaking to LBC’s Andrew Castle on Sunday the former Mayor of London argued Mr Johnson has an inability to “deliver on policies” as he set about a ravaging of the Prime Minister’s political accomplishments. Mr Livingstone claimed how Mr Johnson achieved “nothing” during his eight years as Mayor of London and speculated how his party and the electorate will grow tired of his political abilities as he suggested a Conservative Party leadership challenge is on the horizon.
Mr Livingstone slammed: “We have now got the greatest debt the Government has had since the end of World War 2, the economy isn’t growing.
“Literally Boris doesn’t deliver on policies!”
The former Mayor of London went on to say how he observed that during Mr Johnson’s own time as Mayor, saying he did “virtually nothing” apart from “build cable cars to nowhere”.
Mr Livingstone continued his tirade claiming how Mr Johnson “isn’t really a politician” instead suggesting the current Prime Minister wants to be a celebrity and “dominate the news”.
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He also accused the Prime Minister for putting the UK “in the mess we’re in” as a result of not having a political agenda.
The Labour politician was then questioned by LBC host Andrew Castle as to how despite these observations, he retains popularity in British politics.
Mr Livingstone suggested Mr Johnson’s strong “personality” is a winner at the ballot box as opposed to his ability to carry out policy decisions.
He claimed: “They [voters] think he is a really interesting nice guy to be having a chat to in the pub.”
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Mr Livingstone went on to claim that former Telegraph editor Max Hastings, who Mr Johnson worked for during his years as a journalist at the paper, once told him “never leave Boris alone with your wife or your wallet”.
The Labour veteran speculated that Boris’s popularity could ultimately dwindle and predicted an emergence of a Conservative leadership challenge in the coming years.
He said: “I think increasingly they [the Conservative Party] are not going to win the next general election and many of them will lose their seats.
“He hasn’t delivered in the Red Wall, seats he took from Labour – he’s not really going anything!”
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And in a final swipe at the Prime Minister’s competence he called for an analysis of Mr Johnson’s eight years as Mayor to see what he achieved joking how such a process “won’t take long”.
Mr Johnson took over from Mr Livingstone as London Mayor in 2008 and remained until 2016, the longest continuous period of public office that he has held.
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