Why won’t Boris admit he’s a Tory?

February 15, 2012 11:23 am

It’s becoming increasingly clear that Tory mayor Boris Johnson isn’t too keen on being referred to as a Tory. Or a Conservative for that matter. That’s perhaps surprising – and certainly won’t help him become Tory leader (a job which he seems at least as keen on as London Mayor).It’s not unusual in mayoral races – where the candidate is key – for election literature to play down the party affiliation or push the “name” as its own brand.

But Boris Johnson is trying to take that to a new level – producing leaflets with not one mention of his party.

With the Tories trailing Labour in London by 12 points, it’s not surprising that he wants to avoid being tainted with the brand, but the extent he’s gone to is quite surprising. Even the legally required “imprint” on the leaflets says “BackBoris2012″ rather than the Tory Party, and the GLA candidate is mentioned too – without any reference to the party they’re standing for. It’s not due to lack of space either – one leaflet manages to mention Ken Livingstone six times, without mentioning Cameron or the Tories once.

You can see Johnson’s attempts to hide his Tory Party membership (not once, but twice) here and here. In the meantime here’s a picture of Boris with David Cameron – a man whose job he wants, but whose name he evidently doesn’t wish to be associated with…

We’re sure these aren’t the only examples of Boris trying to distance himself from the Tory government. Email us with any examples you have and we’ll post some of the best ones.

Latest

  • Featured Farage might be UKIP’s candidate but only Labour has the answers in South Thanet

    Farage might be UKIP’s candidate but only Labour has the answers in South Thanet

    Now that Nigel Farage has announced he is throwing his hat in the ring, South Thanet is a two horse race: Labour and UKIP. The Tories have selected a former UKIP Leader meaning there is now no difference between the Tories and UKIP. With this, the Tories have abandoned the centre ground and gambled everything on trying to out-UKIP UKIP. It is clear now for people in Broadstairs, Cliftonville, Ramsgate and Sandwich that the only way to stop the two […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Labour must call for an in/out EU referendum

    Labour must call for an in/out EU referendum

    The article entitled, “Should Labour offer a referendum on the EU,” provides a comprehensive and detailed set of arguments against offering a referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the EU.  They are strategic arguments and initially one can fully understand the rationale behind them – allowing the Eurosceptic vote to split, gaining the support of business and picking up disaffected Liberal Democrat voters. However, there are some fundamental weaknesses in Younespour’s arguments. Dismissing UKIP is a crucial error. Whether […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Fracking regulations must be tighter

    Fracking regulations must be tighter

    This morning, Labour tabled amendments in the House of Lords to the Government’s Infrastructure Bill that would significantly tighten the regulations for shale gas extraction in the UK. Since March 2012, when I set out the environmental and regulatory conditions that needed to be met to ensure that any future shale extraction was properly controlled, Labour have pushed the Government to improve the current regulatory framework, which has crucial and unacceptable flaws. Time and again, David Cameron’s stance has eschewed responding […]

    Read more →
  • News Weekly Survey: Darling v Salmond, NEC results and Austin Mitchell

    Weekly Survey: Darling v Salmond, NEC results and Austin Mitchell

    Yesterday’s televised debate between Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond was the second of the Scottish referendum campaign. Salmond appeared victorious this week, as Mark Ferguson covers in his review. However, the showdown earlier this month saw Darling come out on top, as Conor Pope reported. That means one win each for the two sides, but who gained most? Does Better Together’s resilient poll lead mean the victory was theirs? Or is the momentum now with Yes to Independence? We want to hear […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Should Labour offer a referendum on the EU?

    Should Labour offer a referendum on the EU?

    The EU question has never been far from earshot in the build up to and subsequent fallout from the recent European elections. Many might well be sick of the arguments by now, but they are likely to come back with a vengeance as the general election draws nearer. The EU debate offers a chance for Labour to carve out a stance that separates them from the Conservatives as well as the Liberal Democrats. And if Labour were take a clear […]

    Read more →