>Boris gets bashed on housing benefit

>Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson has always been regarded as an independent character. Prior to the election he was a useful asset for his party, as he was the most senior elected Conservative and generally well regarded by his electorate. However, since the Coalition came into power he has seemingly been on a collision course with the Cameroons, and has launched his most high profile attack  yet on Government policy on the proposed changes to housing benefit. He declared that he would not stand for a “Kosovo-style social cleansing of London”, and told BBC London that “the last thing we want to have in our city is a situation such as Paris where the less well-off are pushed out to the suburbs”. Pretty outspoken stuff for the man normally dismissed as an eccentric blonde bombshell.

Johnson is though now saying that he was quoted out of context. This after Coalition big hitters Cameron, Clegg and Cable slammed his comments. Clearly someone in No.10 has told Boris to play ball. This is interesting from a Government that so keenly supports independence and localism, and shows what a threat the Conservative leadership consider Johnson to be.

Boris Johnson on BBC Radio London

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