Latest Boris Johnson news

  • Tunisia terror-link suspects held
    Tunisia terror-link suspects held 19 hours ago

    Seven suspected associates of the Tunisian beach gunman have been arrested, as it was announced Britain will observe a national minute's silence for the victims of the massacre. More »

  • Uber beefs up security after hacking scare
    Uber beefs up security after hacking scare Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Popular taxi application insists security was not breached but implements extra measures to protect users. More »

  • Branson warns against leaving EU
    Branson warns against leaving EU Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    A British exit from the European Union (EU) would be "catastrophic", businessman Sir Richard Branson has said. More »

  • 7/7 anniversary preparations made
    7/7 anniversary preparations made Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Final arrangements are being made to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in London which claimed the lives of 52 innocent people and injured hundreds more. More »

  • Hollande demands ban on Uber taxis
    Hollande demands ban on Uber taxis Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    French President Francois Hollande has called for the Uber taxi service to be shut down and its vehicles seized. More »

  • London mayor suggests 10-billion-pound 'megafund' to boost biotech
    London mayor suggests 10-billion-pound 'megafund' to boost biotech Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Banks, investors and big drug companies should consider creating a 10-billion-pound ($15.7 billion) "megafund" to help biotech firms in London and across Britain compete with U.S. rivals, London mayor Boris Johnson said on Thursday. Britain is a leader in academic scientific work and also home to two of the world's top drugmakers - GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca - yet emerging life science companies often find it difficult to secure funding. The suggested new pool of debt and equity finance is designed to help plug that gap and is one of a number of ideas being floated at a conference in London bringing together leading figures in industry, finance and research. More »

  • Britain braces for political showdown over long-awaited airport decision
    Britain braces for political showdown over long-awaited airport decision Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    By Sarah Young LONDON (Reuters) - A decades-long battle to expand Britain's overcrowded airports is set for a crunch decision in the coming weeks, as the world's fifth-largest economy seeks to resolve a row that has bedevilled successive governments and risks choking economic growth. Now a government-appointed Airports Commission will emerge from three years of consideration to say in the next few weeks whether the necessary capacity should be built at Heathrow or Gatwick. It's a politically toxic issue that poses personal risks to Prime Minister David Cameron, who oversees a cabinet that is split on the issue and in 2009 before taking office told an audience of potential voters living under the Heathrow flight path that a third runway there would not happen - "no ifs, no buts" about it. More »

  • Putin: We won World Cup bid fairly
    Putin: We won World Cup bid fairly Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    Russian president Vladimir Putin has insisted that the 2018 football World Cup will go ahead in his country, despite the launch of an investigation into alleged corruption during the bidding process. More »

  • Black Cabs' New Weapon In The Fight Against Uber Domination
    Black Cabs' New Weapon In The Fight Against Uber Domination Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Could cashless payment be the trump card to bring back the Black Cab? More »

  • Dawkins slams Hunt 'feeding frenzy'
    Dawkins slams Hunt 'feeding frenzy' Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Outspoken academic Professor Richard Dawkins has claimed Sir Tim Hunt was the victim of "a feeding frenzy of mob-rule self-righteousness" when he quit his job in the wake of controversial comments he made about women working in laboratories. More »

  • Tube Strike: Drivers Angry At Pay
    Tube Strike: Drivers Angry At Pay Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    London Underground drivers have voted by 97% to strike next month in a row over pay and the introduction of a new all-night Tube service. Aslef, the tube driver's union, has voted overwhelmingly to take the 24-hour action on Tuesday, 8 July, on the back of objections to London Underground plans which it says would mean Tube drivers having to work an unlimited number of weekend and night shifts for no extra pay. London's Tube trains are set to operate a 24-hour service at weekends from 12 September. More »

  • Boris Tells Taxi Driver: 'F*** Off And Die'
    Boris Tells Taxi Driver: 'F*** Off And Die' Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Boris Johnson has refused to say sorry after being filmed swearing at a taxi driver during a late-night street row in London. The London Mayor was cycling home after a dinner, when a cabbie spotted him and decided to give him a piece of his mind. More »

  • Boris Will Be Boris: Non-Stick, Sticky Moments
    Boris Will Be Boris: Non-Stick, Sticky Moments Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage seem to walk away relatively unscathed from gaffes that might be career-ending for others. Even the latest incident, in which he fired an expletive-laden missile at a taxi driver, has not drawn scorn in the way it might have done had it been George Osborne, let alone Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper. More »

  • Boris row cabbie 'a serial heckler'
    Boris row cabbie 'a serial heckler' Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    The cabbie sworn at by Boris Johnson is a "serial heckler", according to a source close to the London Mayor. More »

  • Arnie takes a spin on a Boris Bike
    Arnie takes a spin on a Boris Bike Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken time out from promoting new movie Terminator Genisys to get in some training on a Boris Bike. More »

  • Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger just can't resist a Boris Bike trip in …
    Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger just can't resist a Boris Bike trip in … Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The 67-year-old action star swapped his motorbike for pedal power and was spotted cycling around London. More »

  • Cox backing for sacked scientist
    Cox backing for sacked scientist Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    The scientist and broadcaster Professor Brian Cox has said it was wrong the way a Nobel laureate scientist was "hounded out" of his university posting over controversial comments he made about women working in laboratories. More »

  • Boris Johnson Backs Sexism Row Scientist
    Boris Johnson Backs Sexism Row Scientist Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Boris Johnson has urged the reinstatement of a top scientist who was forced to step down after sparking a furore with his controversial comments about women in the laboratory. The London Mayor and Tory MP has argued Sir Tim Hunt did not deserve to be "pilloried" for his remarks about the "trouble with girls" during a speech to a conference in South Korea last week. But in the face of a furious backlash he resigned from both the Royal Society and University College London. More »

  • Johnson backs sexism row scientist
    Johnson backs sexism row scientist Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Boris Johnson has described the reaction to a Nobel laureate's controversial comments about women as similar to that of "ferocious stinging bees". More »

  • Boris back at school for Tech Week
    Boris back at school for Tech Week Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Boris Johnson has gone back to school, taking a coding class and programming a Lego robot, to mark the launch of London Technology Week. More »

  • Galloway vow over housing 'crisis'
    Galloway vow over housing 'crisis' Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    Political veteran George Galloway has vowed to tackle London's "social housing crisis" as he entered the race to become the capital's next mayor. More »

  • Six on Labour Party mayor shortlist
    Six on Labour Party mayor shortlist Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    Six candidates will fight it out to be Labour's candidate in next year's London mayoral election, the party announced. More »

  • BoJo Interrupts Little Bro Mid-Flow In Commons
    BoJo Interrupts Little Bro Mid-Flow In Commons Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    Boris Johnson found himself in the unusual position of having to ask his younger brother for permission to speak - as the pair took part in a House of Commons debate. The London mayor was bound by parliamentary protocol to seek permission from Universities Minister Jo Johnson before he could contribute to a discussion on mental health issues affecting students. Jo, 43,  laughed as he allowed his brother - and fellow Tory MP - to intervene. More »

  • Christopher Lee, evil count of cinema, dies at age 93
    Christopher Lee, evil count of cinema, dies at age 93 Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    British master of the macabre Christopher Lee, who portrayed Dracula in outrageous horror classics but became known to later generations for roles in "Star Wars" and as the wizard Saruman in the "Lord of the Rings," has died at age 93. Lee died on Sunday in a London hospital, where he had been undergoing treatment for respiratory problems, according to his death certificate. The London native achieved fame from the late 1950s into the 1970s playing characters including Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and the Mummy for Hammer Films, and later in his career made memorable appearances in a series of blockbuster movies. More »

  • Notable quotes on the death of British actor Christopher Lee Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — British actor Christopher Lee, who appeared in more than 250 films, including Dracula movies from the 1950s and 60 and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, has died at age 93. Here's a look at some of the tributes that poured in, mostly on Twitter, when news of his death was announced Thursday: More »

  • Horror Legend Christopher Lee Dies Aged 93
    Horror Legend Christopher Lee Dies Aged 93 Thu, Jun 11, 2015

    Horror legend Sir Christopher Lee has died in a London hospital at the age of 93. Sir Christopher appeared in numerous other Hammer horror films, most notably playing Count Dracula, and was the villain Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun. He cemented his fame when he starred as Saruman in Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit films, and appeared as Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels. More »

  • Fears over runway go-ahead delay
    Fears over runway go-ahead delay Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Widespread dismay has greeted news of a possible delay over a new runway for south east England. More »

  • PM faces Brexit campaign pressure
    PM faces Brexit campaign pressure Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    David Cameron is facing growing demands to allow ministers to campaign for an EU exit as legislation for an historic referendum cleared its first parliamentary hurdle. More »

  • EU referendum bill over first hurdle in UK parliament
    EU referendum bill over first hurdle in UK parliament Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Legislation paving the way for Britain's referendum on leaving the EU crossed its first hurdle in parliament Tuesday as splits on the issue within Prime Minister David Cameron's party were laid bare. More »

  • Why Jeb Bush needs to go to Europe Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Jeb Bush is hardly new to global travel. As a high school student, Mr. Bush studied in Mexico. This week, on the eve of his expected June 15 announcement for president, Bush is on the road again – first Germany, then Poland and Estonia. More »

  • Zac Goldsmith Announces London Mayoral Run
    Zac Goldsmith Announces London Mayoral Run Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Tory MP Zac Goldsmith has announced his intention to run for London Mayor - by asking his constituents for their permission. Mr Goldsmith, son of billionaire financier Sir James Goldsmith, told the Evening Standard he had been “approached by many people from across the political spectrum” who had urged him to put his name forward. Mr Goldsmith has long opposed the plans for a third runway at Heathrow and said before the election if a Conservative government voted through proposals he would step down, triggering a by-election. More »

  • Ex-Tory Minister Issues EU Referendum Warning
    Ex-Tory Minister Issues EU Referendum Warning Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    A former Cabinet minister will today warn Parliament that the EU referendum will be viewed as being "fought on a skewed basis" by a move to allow unlimited spending by public bodies to promote a Yes vote right up to the vote. Owen Paterson told Sky News it was a "great day" that he and his colleagues were finally getting the vote they had wanted for many years. The proposal to remove campaign restrictions has also been called into question by the Electoral Commission watchdog which says it is "disappointed and concerned". More »

  • HSBC to cut up to 8,000 UK jobs and rebrand British branches
    HSBC to cut up to 8,000 UK jobs and rebrand British branches Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    By Matt Scuffham LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC said it would cut up to 8,000 British jobs and rebrand its UK retail banking unit, which it could sell in response to new rules stating such businesses must be separate from investment banking in order to protect customers. HSBC CEO Stuart Gulliver said on Tuesday that between 7,000 and 8,000 jobs, or about one in six of its staff, would be cut by "natural attrition." He said staff turnover in the business was about 3,000 a year. Gulliver said the group could not make a decision on whether to keep the business until it knew whether regulators would allow HSBC to continue to have a say in its future strategy, such as dividend policy. More »

  • PM: I Was 'Misinterpreted' On EU Ultimatum
    PM: I Was 'Misinterpreted' On EU Ultimatum Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    David Cameron has said he was "misinterpreted" over comments that suggested he had given ministers an ultimatum on the EU referendum. Speaking at the G7 summit in Germany, Mr Cameron said he did not intend to imply that ministers who did not back a yes vote on the EU referendum should resign. More »

  • Campbell Takes Aim At London Mayor Job
    Campbell Takes Aim At London Mayor Job Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    Former England footballer Sol Campbell has announced his bid to run for London Mayor, accusing "pro" politicians of failing and saying his working-class background would help him. Campbell's name has long been in the running to be a Conservative candidate for the job but now he has officially confirmed his intentions. The ex-Arsenal and Spurs player will take part in a hustings event with rivals to become the Tory candidate who will challenge for the job that will be vacated by Boris Johnson in next May. More »