Boris Johnson Plunges Conservative Party Into Racism Row


Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has embroiled the Conservative Party into allegations of racism after referring to Barack Obama, the President of the United States, as “part-Kenyan” whilst criticising his input into the EU debate.

Johnson said in an article for The Sun newspaper, said:

“Some said it was a symbol of the part-Kenyan President’s ancestral dislike of the British empire – of which Churchill had been such a fervent defender”.

Nicholas Soames, a Conservative MP and grandson of Winston Churchill, said:

“Appalling article by Boris Johnson in The Sun, totally wrong on almost everything”.

John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor, said:

“The mask has slipped again. Boris Johnson’s part-Kenyan comment about Barack Obama is yet another example of dog whistle racism from senior Tories. He should withdraw it immediately”.

Yvette Cooper, a contender for the Labour leadership in 2015, said:

“As ever, it’s more bad judgment from Boris Johnson. Is this really how a man who wants to be prime minister should be talking about the president of the United States?”