All apologies: the many times Boris Johnson has been told to say sorry

Boris Johnson is no stranger to demands for apologies, with his outspoken remarks repeatedly landing him in political hot water.

In March, the then foreign secretary was forced to eat humble pie after referring to his Labour opposite number, Emily Thornberry, as the “Lady Baroness whatever” in the – an apparent reference to the title of her husband, Sir Christopher Nugee.

His comment brought a sharp dressing down from the Speaker, John Bercow, who said his language was “inappropriate and frankly sexist”.

A contrite Johnson insisted he had meant no harm and apologised “unreservedly” if he hurt Thornberry’s feelings.

More seriously, he faced calls to resign in November following claims that his careless comments about a British-Iranian woman held in Iran had jeopardised her chances of release.

Giving evidence to the foreign affairs select committee, Johnson said Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been “training journalists” at the time of her arrest, even though she maintained she was on holiday.

Her dismayed family said the error had been seized upon by Iranian authorities as proof that she represented a threat to the government.

After initially refusing to recant, Johnson finally came to the Commons to publicly admit his “mistake” and apologise for the “distress and anguish” his words had caused.

As a rising star on the Conservative benches, Johnson was rarely far from controversy.

 

 

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