Boris: I support benefit plans

BORIS Johnson yesterday insisted he backed government plans to cap housing benefit, after he was quoted saying that “Kosovo-style cleansing of London” would not take place on his watch.

The comments, which were seen as an attempt to win concessions from the government, were given short shrift by Downing Street.

Later, the Mayor rushed out a statement insisting his words had been taken out of context.

He said he was dismissing those who suggested the policy was akin to a form of ethnic cleansing.