Johnson, cyclist-mayor, annoys cyclists

Johnson, cyclist-mayor, annoys cyclists

LONDON, May 25 (UPI) -- London Mayor Boris Johnson, a self-described militant cyclist, said many cyclists share blame for crashes because they don't follow the rules.

Olympic torch begins trek across U.K.

CORNWALL, England, May 19 (UPI) -- British Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie Saturday led off the 8,000-mile journey of the Olympic torch in the runup to the Summer Games in London.
Olympic torch handed to Britain

Olympic torch handed to Britain

ATHENS, Greece, May 17 (UPI) -- The Olympic Torch was handed to Britain Thursday, in anticipation of the London Summer Olympics, in a ceremony in Athens, Greece.

Boris Johnson wins in London

LONDON, May 5 (UPI) -- Boris Johnson won a second term Friday as mayor of London, defeating former Mayor Ken Livingstone by 3 percentage points.
Cameron apologizes for his party's rout

Cameron apologizes for his party's rout

LONDON, May 4 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron apologized Friday for his Conservative Party's rout in local elections. He said the party "inherited" a bad economy.

Taxi magnate's remarks anger bicyclists

LONDON, April 21 (UPI) -- A London minicab magnate went into reverse Friday on an article he wrote blaming bicyclists killed in road crashes for their own deaths.

Poll shows Tories, Lib Dems down, UKip up

LONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- A poll this week showed British voters are disenchanted with the Conservatives and downright hostile to their coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats.

Boris Johnson wants driverless trains

LONDON, March 27 (UPI) -- London Mayor Boris Johnson, facing a hard fight for re-election, promised Monday to introduce automatic driverless trains on the Underground.

Four plead guilty in London terror plot

LONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Four Islamic militants in Britain pleaded guilty Wednesday to plotting a Christmas 2010 bomb attack on the London Stock Exchange and other sites.

Outrage over bonus for RBS chief

LONDON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Politicians and labor leaders went on the attack Friday over the bonus awarded the head of the Royal Bank of Scotland, mostly owned by the British government.
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Big plans for Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Big plans for Queen's Diamond Jubilee

LONDON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- A June celebration marking Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne will include a 7-mile-long flotilla of 1,000 boats along London's River Thames.

Budget woes may mute Jubilee celebrations

LONDON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- English local governments are planning muted celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee because of budget problems, a survey says.

First of new London buses unveiled

BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- London Mayor Boris Johnson was in the driver's seat Friday as Wrightbus in Northern Ireland showed off its replacement for the London Routemaster.
Occupy camp at St. Paul's allowed to stay

Occupy camp at St. Paul's allowed to stay

LONDON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- London officials said Wednesday protest encampment outside St. Paul's Cathedral will be allowed to remain at least until the end of the year.
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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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