24 Mar

Boris Factfile

Boris Johnson is a Euro-sceptic, British right-wing journalist and Conservative Member of Parliament.
Full Name:
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson
Born:
New York, 19th June 1964
Education:

Eton, before studying Classics at Balliol College, Oxford
Career:
1983 – President of the Oxford Union
1987 – Trainee reporter for The Times
1987 – Reporter for the Wolverhampton Express and Star
1987 – Leader and feature writer at The Daily Telegraph
1989 – Became European Community correspondent for The Daily Telegraph
1994 – Assistant Editor from The Daily Telegraph

1994 – Political columnist for The Spectator (1 year)

1997 – Unsuccessful in becoming Member of Parliament for Clwyd South
1999 – Became Editor of The Spectator
2001 – Became Member of Parliament for Henley-on-Thames
2003 – Became Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party
2004 – Appointed Shadow Minister for the Arts

2004 – Nominated in 2004 for a BAFTA television award
2004 – Sacked as Minister of Arts after allegations of adulterous affair.
2005 – December – Resigns from Spectator editorship to take up position as Shadow Minister for Higher Education.
2008 – May – Elected Mayor of London by over 1,000,000 Londoners.
2012 – May – Re-elected Mayor with an increased Majority. GO BORIS.

Other notable facts:
Boris married barrister Marina Wheeler in 1993, and has two sons and two daughters
Boris has appeared four times on Have I Got News For You, three times as guest presenter

Boris’s autobiography is entitled Friends, Voters, Countrymen, Jottings on the Stump (Harper Collins, 2002).
Boris currently commands an 8458 majority in Henley-on-Thames, and holds the 351st safest seat out of 655 MPs.
He has spoken on Parliament 35 times in the past year, as well as submitting 27 written questions.
He replies to 72% of messages sent via FaxYourMP.com within 14 days
Boris has attended 57% of votes in Parliament
(last 4 facts courtesy of Boriswatch visitor Francis Irving)