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Boris Johnson criticizes Islington, apparently forgetting he lived there

Boris Johnson criticizes Islington, apparently forgetting he lived there

 


Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers his opening speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.  Picture date: Wednesday October 6, 2021. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images) (Photo: Jacob King - PA Images via Getty Images)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers his opening speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. Picture date: Wednesday October 6, 2021. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images) (Photo: Jacob King – PA Images via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson targeted the north London district of Islington during his Scheduled speech although he himself lived there until 2018.

The Prime Minister's speech to the Conservative Party conference on Wednesday saw him take aim at the leader of the opposition Labor Party. Sir Keir Starmer who was a London-based lawyer for years before entering politics.

He told the crowd: What I found most incredible of all was the decision of the Labor Party, now led by left-wing lawyers from Islington, to vote against tougher sentences for sex offenders and serious violence.

Notably, the Prime Minister did not mention Starmer by name.

Starmer is also believed to now live in Camden and is the MP for Holborn and St Pancras, not Islington.

Watch: Johnson plays for laughs in light-hearted conference speech

Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn is the MP for Islington North while Emily Thornberry, shadow international trade secretary, is the MP for Islington South.

Yet Johnson also said: “Let's be clear: there is a huge philosophical difference between us and Labor, because in their soul they don't like to move up, they like to move down.

They like to decapitate tall poppies and tax the rich until the seeds squeak, they don't like academic competition, Latin I mean.

And in Islington, I'm not kidding, I've seen it with my own eyes, they like kids to run races where no one actually wins.

Johnson actually lived in an Islington townhouse between 2009 and 2018 and sold it for 3.75 million when he moved out during the divorce from his second wife, a former lawyer Marina Wheeler.

The Islington house in question was also a decadent, five-storey Grade II listed building.

The Prime Minister's attacks also fail to take into account the rate of child poverty in the region.

Islington has a child poverty rate of 47%, which is higher than the London average of 38% and the fourth highest rate in the whole country, according to findings from End Child Poverty Coalitions in 2019.

It's worth noting that Johnson also lived in wealthy areas around the world.

He was born in New York and lived in London and Brussels before enrolling at the elite Eton College boarding school while his family was based in West London's Primrose Hill.

He moved to Oxfordshire after his marriage broke down in 2018, then reportedly moved into a 675,000 sq ft flat with his then girlfriend Carrie Symonds in Camberwell, south-east London. They both moved into 10 Downing Street when he became Prime Minister in 2019.

Johnsons Islington's digs have not gone unnoticed on Twitter.

This article was originally published on HuffPost United Kingdom and has been updated.

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