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Boris Johnson and Ed Miliband in heated clash

Boris Johnson has said Ed Miliband "would do more damage to this country than he did to his brother".

Boris Johnson and Ed Miliband pictured during the heated exchange. Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

The Mayor of London accused Mr Miliband of "backstabbing" in an interview with the Sun On Sunday - a reference to the Labour leader's victory over his brother David in the party's leadership contest in September 2010.

In a heated exchange on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Ed Miliband suggested Tory election adviser Lynton Crosby "had put" Boris Johnson up to the comment, telling the Mayor of London: "Come on Boris, you're better than that - don't just do what Lynton says to you."

But Johnson hit back, saying: "I'm not saying your brother presented himself at A&E with a dagger in his back but he [Ed Miliband] would do more damage to this country than he did to his brother".

Boris Johnson dismisses Tory leadership rumours

Boris Johnson has said speculation Conservative candidates and donors want him to take over from David Cameron is "nonsense".

Boris Johnson speaking to Andrew Marr. Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

The Sunday Times reported today that the party's donors and prospective MPs are increasingly unhappy with Mr Cameron's election campaign and want the Mayor of London to become Tory leader.

"They don't - that is nonsense," Mr Johnson told the BBC's Andrew Marr.

The mayor insisted a Tory majority was "not so very far from our grasp" on May 7.

Johnson, who is standing in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, has long been touted as a potential successor to Mr Cameron - even by the Prime Minister himself last month.


Boris quips PM has 'long-term cunning plan' to finish puzzle

Boris Johnson has quipped that the general election is like a jigsaw and that it "comes together in the end."

The Mayor of London was visiting a school with the Conservative leader where the pair were helping some children with a jigsaw puzzle.

ITV News Correspondent James Mates heard the jocular exchange:

Boris Johnson expresses sympathy for Prince Andrew

Boris Johnson has given his support to Prince Andrew in the wake of underage sex claims, saying he has sympathy for the Duke of York.

London Mayor Boris Johnson has expressed sympathy for the Duke of York. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

"He does a huge amount of good and a huge amount of hard work. So if you are asking me whether I have sympathy for him, of course I do," the Mayor of London told LBC Radio.

"Prince Andrew, let's be very clear, is a guy who does a huge amount of unsung, unheralded work for this country," Johnson said. "I think that people should respect that side of his work."


Boris: Tories will 'eat Ukip defectors for breakfast'

Boris Johnson vowed to "eat the 'Kippers for breakfast" as he sought to unite Tories and lambasted those who had defected to Ukip.

Boris Johnson speaking at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham.

Mr Johnson hit back at "quitters and splitters" and told activists that victory in next year's general election was "within our grasp" as long as the party remained united.

To loud cheers the Mayor of London said:

Just before I begin can I check that we are all proud Conservatives? Proud of the oldest and most successful party in all the Western democracies? Do we intend to fight the next election under the Conservative banner and no others? Are there any quitters or splitters? Anyone feeling a bit yellow around the edges - like a kipper?

– Boris Johnson

Only the Conservative could deliver reform to the UK's relationship with the EU, he said. Comparing the successful fight against Scottish independence with the imminent by-election battles to retain the seats given up by defecting MPs Douglas Carswell and Mark Reckless, he said:

That's our new fisheries policy, folks. First chuck Salmond overboard and then eat the 'Kippers for breakfast. We will fight them on the beaches of Clacton and of Rochester and Strood as well.

– Boris Johnson

Johnson: You need economy to be going gang-busters

London Mayor Boris Johnson has defended the Chancellor's reforms to welfare.

Speaking during a visit to a factory in Newcastle-under-Lyme, he said:

If you want to have the cash to pay for the whole of society, then you need the economy to be going gang-busters.

The most important thing for us in the UK economy is you've got to reform welfare and it's quite right that you should be looking at ways of improving how it's spent, but you've got to get the economy moving because that's the way to pay for the whole she-bang.

– boris johnson, mayor of london

Cameron says he wants 'star' Boris in his cabinet

David Cameron has said he would like Boris Johnson in his cabinet after the next General Election, calling him "a star".

Boris Johnson will represent the Conservatives in Uxbridge and South Ruislip at the next election. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He told The Andrew Marr Show, "He's got to finish his term as Mayor of London, I know that's what he wants to do.

"But once he's finished that then, you know, he's a star and as I've always said, I want to have the stars in the team."

Boris: Independence 'would be an utter catastrophe'

Boris Johnson has made an impassioned plea to keep the UK together, warning Scottish independence would be "an utter catastrophe for this country".

Boris Johnson wrote, 'We are on the verge of trashing our global name and brand in an act of self-mutilation'. Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

"We will all have lost a way of thinking about ourselves, a way of explaining ourselves to the world," the Mayor of London wrote in the Daily Telegraph.

"We are on the verge of trashing our global name and brand in an act of self-mutilation that will leave our international rivals stunned, gleeful and discreetly scornful."

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