Londoners protest Heathrow expansion proposal

LONDON, April 27 (UPI) -- London Mayor Boris Johnson was among hundreds of demonstrators who called for the scuttling of a plan to expand the city's Heathrow Airport.
GPS system can warn of danger to cyclists

GPS system can warn of danger to cyclists

LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- A British company says its latest GPS system can warn truck drivers when they are approaching roads where they are most at risk of hitting a cyclist.

Climate scientist killed in bike crash

LONDON, April 11 (UPI) -- Global warming researcher Katherine Giles was killed when she was struck by a garbage truck as she bicycled to work in London.

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LONDON, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Police in London were investigating a fox attack on an infant in which the baby's finger was torn off, officials said.
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David Cameron delivers Christmas message

LONDON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron released an unusually religious Christmas message this year, linking the Gospel of John to the mission in Afghanistan.

MIT: Third Heathrow runway may up deaths

BOSTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- A third runway at London's Heathrow Airport would increase airport air pollution-related deaths from the current 50 a year to 150 by 2030, researchers say.

Terrorists fight extradition from UK to US

LONDON, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Harsh conditions contribute to the poor health of terrorism suspect Abu Hamza, a lawyer fighting Hamza's extradition to the United States told a British court.
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Mayor: Cameron faked Magna Carta ignorance

LONDON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- The mayor of London said Prime Minister David Cameron was pretending when he said he did not know the meaning of the term "Magna Carta."
Cameron: Politicians need holidays, too

Cameron: Politicians need holidays, too

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Prime Minister David Cameron is defending his decision and that of other British leaders to take vacations so soon after the end of the Olympics.
Israeli widows lash out at IOC

Israeli widows lash out at IOC

LONDON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- The widows of two Israeli athletes killed in the 1972 Munich Olympics accused the International Olympics Committee of submitting to terror.
London mayor gets stuck on zip line

London mayor gets stuck on zip line

LONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- London Mayor Boris Johnson attempted to take a ride on an Olympic zip line but was left calling for help when he got stuck.
Romney softens Olympics remarks

Romney softens Olympics remarks

LONDON, July 27 (UPI) -- Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney Friday backpedaled his criticism of the London Olympic Games, saying he's now convinced the Brits are ready.
Romney Olympics dig annoys British PM

Romney Olympics dig annoys British PM

LONDON, July 26 (UPI) -- Mitt Romney came in for stern criticism for suggesting Thursday London is not ready for the Olympics but said the day "has been marvelous for us."

London bus drivers go on strike

LONDON, June 22 (UPI) -- London bus drivers staged a 24-hour strike Friday in a dispute involving proposed Olympics bonuses, disrupting travel on numerous routes.
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Boris Johnson
London's Mayor-elect, Boris Johnson arrives at City Hall to sign the "Declaration of Acceptance of Office" for the Mayor of London, in central London on May 3, 2008. (UPI Photo/Hugo Philpott)

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British journalist and Conservative Party politician, who has been the elected Mayor of London since 2008. He was the Member of Parliament for Henley and editor of The Spectator magazine.

Johnson was educated at the Primrose Hill Primary School, Camden, European School of Brussels, Ashdown House School, Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Literae Humaniores. He began his career in journalism with The Times, and later moved on to The Daily Telegraph where he became assistant editor. He was appointed editor of The Spectator in 1999. In the 2001 general election he was elected to the House of Commons and became one of the most high profile politicians in the country. He has also written several books.

Under Michael Howard, Johnson briefly served on the Conservative front bench as the Shadow Minister for the Arts from April 2004 until November 2004. When David Cameron was elected leader of the Conservative Party in 2005, Johnson was re-appointed to the front bench as Shadow Minister for Higher Education and resigned as editor of The Spectator. In September 2007 he was selected as the Conservative candidate for the 2008 Mayor of London election. Johnson defeated Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone and was elected Mayor, after which he resigned his seat in parliament. With over a million votes, he received the largest personal mandate of any politician in British history.

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