Boris Johnson on back foot after questions about integrity

BORIS Johnson’s aides yesterday lashed out at the BBC after the Mayor of London had his personal integrity questioned live on television.

Eddie Mair used an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show to raise allegations of extra-marital affairs, Johnson’s sacking from The Times for fabricating a quote, and various other claims.

Mair concluded by suggesting the Mayor was a “nasty piece of work”.

Johnson appeared deeply uncomfortable during the interview and admitted he was embarrassed by the incidents.

But a close ally of Johnson told City A.M. that Mair’s line of questioning was “fairly typical of the BBC when it comes to interviewing Tory politicians”.

“They chose to join together stuff that is 20 years old. Is Boris sitting at home worried that the world is about to end? No, he’s relaxed. I think he was genuinely perplexed.”

The interview came ahead of a documentary on Johnson, screened tonight on the BBC, where he admits he would be willing to “have a crack” at being Prime Minister.