Search

Stanley Johnson, father of Mayor Boris Johnson, says his son has got it wrong with Brexit

PUBLISHED: 12:18 25 February 2016 | UPDATED: 14:23 25 February 2016

Mayor Boris Johnson will play a major role in the

Mayor Boris Johnson will play a major role in the "leave" camapign before the EU referendum

Archant

Stanley Johnson, father of Mayor Boris Johnson, said his son’s decision to back the “leave” campaign in the EU referendum could prove to be a damaging career move.

Stanley Johnson says his son Boris has got it wrong with his Stanley Johnson says his son Boris has got it wrong with his "Brexit bombshell"

Stanley Johnson, father of Mayor Boris Johnson, said his son’s decision to back the “leave” campaign in the EU referendum could prove to be a seriously damaging career move.

Speaking to the Ham&High, Primrose Hill resident Mr Johnson senior stressed there is no family feud, but that he and Boris have simply reached different conclusions on a question of vital importance.

The former Conservative MEP said: “I was one of the first Brits to be appointed to the European Commission, way back in 1973, when Britain joined the EU. I arrived in Brussels with my family and I was the first head of the prevention of pollution division.

“There is no conflict between me and Boris, but because I’ve had this long experience of working on environmental issues, I believe there are certain problems that can only be tackled at the EU level.”

The 75-year-old is co-chair of the Environmentalists for Europe group, and said he believes the issues he campaigns on are of great importance to residents in Hampstead and Highgate.

He said: “We are talking about air pollution, water pollution, waste, and so on. It’s time the voice of the ordinary people was heard.

“It’s all very well for David Cameron to be talking about a stronger, safer Britain, but I also wish he had talked about a cleaner, greener Britain.”

Mr Johnson said that he wants to change the perception that environmental concerns are only the preserve of a wealthy elite whilst most people are more preoccupied with economic issues.

He said: “Bill Oddie is our patron, and don’t tell me that Bill Oddie doesn’t speak to ordinary people who do care about nature and wildlife.

“We have been fighting like mad to save the hedgehogs here in Camden from HS2. There are huge numbers of environmental issues which are of interest in this area.

“Many of the measures we have to protect wildlife have come about as a result of the EU nature protection directives, so that’s why I am sticking my head above the parapet now, because I want these issues also to feature in the referendum campaign.”

Speaking earlier in the week to the Today programme in the wake of Boris’s announcement that he would back the Brexit campaign, Mr Johnson senior said: “I think to say this is a careerist move, I think would be a total travesty. I can’t think of a more career-ending move than to do what he did yesterday.

“He’s leaving the mayoralty in May and if he wanted to get a nice job in the Cabinet on May 8, this is certainly not the way to do it.

“What Boris has done – and I don’t think I agree with this – but what he has done is put on the table what the real issue is and the real issue is, does the British people accept the loss of sovereignty that entails being part of the EU.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

15:35

Wage cuts for nurses covering sick leave and other increases in demand at Hampstead’s Royal Free Hospital have been postponed after workers threatened to cancel shifts en masse.

15:00

Brexit uncertainty is one reason for a slowdown in Camden house prices, said a leading estate agent after new data showed that property values in the borough fell 0.8 per cent in August and 2.1pc in the last 12 months.

14:05

Tickets for a public meeting into the future of the Phoenix Cinema have sold out within days of it being announced.

13:57

Mitzvah Day volunteers from Hampstead were among those taking part in Sewa Day – a Hindu day of community action – in Kingsbury, Brent this weekend.

10:29

As part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Haringey Police have been engaging with the community to raise awareness of the importance of reporting abuse and discrimination.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Community groups are celebrating after the owners of the “landmark” Alliance pub in West Hampstead had planning permission for extensive remodelling and redevelopment refused.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Twenty-five people, including eleven in Camden, have been charged with drugs offences after two-days of dawn raids in Camden, Islington, Brent and Lambeth.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Sardonic, sarcastic and funny are three of the words that have been used to describe the late-SOAS lecturer and King’s Cross local Prof Lawrence Saez, who died at the beginning of September.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now