Boris Johnson’s time in the Bullingdon club plus five more things you might not know about the Prime Minister

Boris Johnson’s time in the Bullingdon club plus five more things you might not know about the Prime Minister

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BORIS Johnson is the new Prime Minister after winning the keys to Downing Street.

The Brexiteer beat Jeremy Hunt in the leadership battle for the country’s top job. Here’s some interesting facts about him.

Boris is the new Tory leader and Prime Minister-in-waiting
Boris is the new Tory leader and Prime Minister-in-waiting
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Interesting facts about Boris Johnson

Bojo’s time at the Bullingdon Club

The Bullingdon Club is an unofficial exclusive all-male dining club for Oxford University undergraduates.

It is known for its wealthy members and destructive behaviour, such as the vandalising of restaurants and students’ rooms.

Members wore blue tailcoats with white silk facings, mustard yellow waistcoats and gold buttons.

Boris Johnson and David Cameron were members of the club at the same time in 1987, and have been photographed sitting on the steps along with other club members.

Johnson said in a documentary about the club: “This is a truly shameful vignette of almost superhuman undergraduate arrogance, toffishness and twittishness.

“But at the time you felt it was wonderful to be going round swanking it up. Or was it? Actually I remember the dinners being incredibly drunken.”

Boris Johnson and David Cameron were part of the Bullingdon Club
Boris Johnson and David Cameron were part of the Bullingdon Club

How much money Bojo made from The Daily Telegraph

The PM was a long-time columnist with The Daily Telegraph.

He had written a weekly column since May 2004, and it is reported he earned about £275,000 a year doing so.

Bojo was not born in the UK

Bojo was born in New York because his father was an Englishman studying economics at Columbia University at the time of his birth.

He had both US and UK citizenship until his renounced his American citizenship in 2017.

He lived between the two countries until he was five.

Why he got sacked from job at The Times

Bojo started working at The Times in 1987.

He got into hot water after writing an article on the archaeological discovery of Edward II’s palace for the newspaper.

He invented a quote for the article where he falsely claimed it came from the historian Colin Lucas – his own godfather.

The pair collide as the London Mayor heads for the try line
The pair collide as the London Mayor heads for the try line

Bojo’s hobbies

Johnson likes to make models of buses and paints in his spare time as a way to unwind from the stressful world of politics.

The 55-year-old told talkRADIO’s Ross Kempsell: “I like to paint. I make things. I make models.

“I make models of buses. I get old wooden crates and I paint them, and they have to contain two wine bottles.

“And it will have a dividing thing. And I turn it into a bus and I put passengers… you really want to know this?

“I paint the passengers enjoying themselves. On a wonderful bus.

“Low carbon of a kind that we brought to the streets of London that reduces CO2, reduces Nitrous Oxide, reducing pollution.”

Bojo was deaf until the age of eight

Bojo was severely deaf as a child because of glue ear – a condition where the ear canal fills with fluid that can cause temporary hearing loss.

He had to wear a grommet, a small tube surgically implanted in the eardrum to drain liquid as a child.

Bojo’s sporting history

In 2006 during a re-creation of the 1966 World Cup final when England defeated Germany, Bojo tried to save the day.

When the Germans weren’t playing their part, Johnson launching himself at German soccer player Maurizio Gaudino.

The PM’s favourite sport is rugby and took it very seriously.

In 2015, he accidentally knocked a 10-year-old boy to the floor in a rugby match during a diplomatic trip to Japan.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson’s Brexit interventions helped swing the vote in favour of Leave
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What is Boris Johnson’s full name, how old is he and what is his net worth?

Boris, born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson on June 19, 1964, is 55.

The Conservative is the former Foreign Secretary.

He has been the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015 and was previously the MP for Henley between 2001 and 2008.

Johnson was born in New York and went to Eton College before reading Classics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he became President of the Oxford Union in 1986.

He started working life as a journalist first at The Times and later became The Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent and was the paper’s assistant editor between 1994 and 1999.

Johnson then edited The Spectator from 1999 to 2005.

During that time he became the MP for Henley in 2001 and served in the Shadow Cabinet, both under Michael Howard and David Cameron.

In 2008 he was elected Mayor of London and resigned his seat in the Commons after beating Ken Livingstone.

He was re-elected to the post in 2012 after once again seeing off the challenge from Livingstone.

Johnson became the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the 2015 general election and resigned as mayor the following year.

He is believed to be worth £1.6million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Johnson has just sold his marital home for £3.7million and has bought a £1.3million mansion with girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

Boris Johnson timeline

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