Clegg: Boris treats his ambition like he treats his hair

Nick Clegg has called Boris Johnson a "conventional" politician who "treats his political ambition a bit like he treats his hair."

Clegg said Johnson, who announced his intention to stand at the next General Election, liked to pretend he did not care about his appearance or career - but was actually "fixated" with them.

Yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed Johnson's announcement as "great news", hailing the Mayor of London as one of his "star players".

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Clegg: Boris treats his ambition like he treats his hair

Nick Clegg has called Boris Johnson a "conventional" politician who "treats his political ambition a bit like he treats his hair."

Clegg said the Mayor of London, who announced his intention to stand at the next General Election, liked to pretend he did not care about his appearance or career - but was actually "fixated" with them.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson hopes to become an MP at the next General Election. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

"The thing about Boris Johnson is despite all the kind of clumsiness and bumbliness, he's actually a really, really ambitious politician," the Deputy Prime Minister said on his regular LBC radio phone in.

"He wants everyone to think that he doesn't really care, but he actually really, really does care."

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