London Mayor dismisses 'leftie ceremony' complaints as 'nonsense'

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson dismisses 'leftie' complaints Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Boris Johnson today dismissed suggestions the Olympic opening ceremony had been too left-wing.

London's Mayor described the event in the Olympic Stadium, watched by a global audience of around one billion, as a triumph for Great Britain.

He said:

"It was actually the truth about this country in the last two or three hundred years told in a big, dynamic way.

"People say it was all leftie stuff. That is nonsense. I'm a Conservative and I had hot tears of patriotic pride from the beginning. I was blubbing like Andy Murray."

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MP attacks 'leftie Ceremony'

Downing Street has distanced itself from comments made by the Conservative MP Aidan Burley on Twitter about the "most leftie Opening Ceremony I have ever seen." The backbencher has partially withdrawn his comments.