Boris Johnson spoke to the 301 group of largely pro-Cameron Tory MPs last night. The meeting was open to all, but I hear that around 48 MPs turned up in the end. One MP present mutters that ‘it wasn’t a huge turnout. The all-party parliamentary beer group attracts more attendees’. Naturally, Boris was late.
My sources tell me that Boris spoke about his achievements as London mayor, including the number of French citizens who have moved to london, crime statistics, air quality, Crossrail, driverless trains, jobs and affordable housing. But he also made the case for London as a powerhouse for the rest of the country, saying that ‘what’s good for London is good for the whole of the country’. He then called Vince Cable’s comments about London being a drain on the rest of Britain ‘cretinous’. And apparently he described Ed Miliband as an ‘adenoidal fool’.
Even though 301 MPs tend to be loyal, Boris decided to be a little disloyal in some of his comments to them, telling them that Nigel Farage should be included in the televised election debates in 2015. Apparently this didn’t go down particularly well.