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Boris Johnson’s hostile reception

Boris Johnson's hostile reception
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Ever since the EU referendum, Boris Johnson has found his local neighbourhood in Islington turn a little bit frosty. Residents in the Remain-voting borough have taken on occasion to heckling him over his pro-Brexit stance.

Happily, the Foreign Secretary has since managed to find a safe space – even if it is a little far away. Speaking at the Foreign Office Christmas reception in Lancaster House, Johnson was lauded by government officials for proving Britain's global reach by receiving a warm reception on the streets of Tehran, on his recent trip to Iran– to try and free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Johnson proceeded to joke to a room full of diplomats: 'I think my reception on the streets of Tehran was in fact better than what I sometimes get on the streets of Islington.'

Perhaps it's little wonder then than the Foreign Secretary now spends the majority of his time in Carlton Gardens in his ministerial grace-and-favour flat...

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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