Former UK PM announces new weekly newspaper column

Former UK PM announces new weekly newspaper column
Johnson's column runs every Saturday, says Mail. (AFP/File)
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Updated 17 June 2023

Former UK PM announces new weekly newspaper column

Former UK PM announces new weekly newspaper column
  • Boris Johnson’s Daily Mail announcement comes a week following his resignation from Parliament

LONDON: Boris Johnson, the former UK prime minister, will pen a weekly column for the Daily Mail, the London-based newspaper revealed on Friday.

In a Twitter video shared by the Mail, Johnson promised readers “completely unexpurgated stuff.”

He also said: “I will write whatever I want.”

The announcement came almost a week after Johnson stepped down as an MP, an event the Mail described as the loss of “a transformative political genius,” who “was brought down by the envy of Westminster and the spite of Whitehall.”

Johnson’s revelation also came a day after a 30,000-word report by MPs on the House of Commons’ Privileges Committee found that he repeatedly and deliberately misled Parliament with denials over pandemic gatherings at No. 10 Downing Street.

The Mail said in its announcement that it was “delighted to announce Boris Johnson” as its new columnist, describing him as “one of the wittiest and most original writers in the business.”

However, Johnson is accused of having failed to correctly seek approval from the parliamentary watchdog, the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, prior to assuming his new role with the Daily Mail.

A spokeswoman for ACOBA said in a statement on Friday: “The Ministerial Code states that Ministers must ensure that no new appointments are announced, or taken up, before the Committee has been able to provide its advice.

“An application received 30 mins before an appointment is announced is a clear breach.

“We have written to Mr Johnson for an explanation and will publish correspondence in due course, in line with our policy of transparency.”

According to the Mail, the former prime minister’s column will run every Saturday, with “a preview on MailOnline and The Mail+ on Fridays.”