Lord Heseltine attacks 'obscene' Boris Johnson remarks

Posted On: 
18th May 2016

Boris Johnson has jeopardised his chances of becoming Tory leader with his "obscene" comments during the EU referendum campaign, according to party grandee Lord Heseltine.

Lord Heseltine is in favour of remaining in the EU
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The former Mayor of London has come under fire for comparing the EU project to Hitler's ambitions, along with suggesting Brussels was to blame for the crisis in Ukraine. 

Those recent remarks followed another furore over his description President Obama's "part-Kenyan" heritage.

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Lord Heseltine, a long-time supporter of Britain's EU membership, told the BBC he would now be "very surprised" if Mr Johnson went on to become Conservative leader.

"I think that every time he makes one of these extraordinary utterances, people in the Conservative party will question whether he now has the judgement for that role."

He accused Mr Johnson of making "preposterous obscene political remarks".

"He is behaving now irresponsibly, recklessly and I fear that his judgement is going," the peer added.

The former deputy prime minister was also scathing about the references to Hitler, saying: "The idea that a serious British politician can in any way invoke that memory, I find, frankly, I had better contain my language."

A spokesman for Mr Johnson dismissed the comments, accusing Lord Heseltine of trying to personalise the EU debate.

"What matters here are the arguments. The British people want to hear debate - they aren't interested in personality politics or personal attacks. Let's get on and discuss the issues," he said.