LONDON - (Labour Buzz) Boris Johnson was elected as Leader of the Conservative Party, beating rival contender Jeremy Hunt, the former foreign secretary. Johnsons father, Stanely, was an economic students at Columbia University in 1964, when Boris was born of his first wife Charlotte Fawcett in New York.
Boris’ father believed it was “vital to secure dual US/British citizenship for their son” according to Sonia Purnell’s biography of the prime minister, ‘Just Boris: A Tale of Blond ambition.’ In later life the dual citizenship would play into Boris Johnson’s peculiar fantasy of himself as Churchill, whose own mother was an American citizen.
Purnell’s book states that the Johnsons lived together in a, "bohemian 60ft-long single-room loft apartment [...] opposite the Chelsea Hotel, the crash pad beloved of rock stars such as Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, and Jimi Hendrix, on West 23rd Street..."
"The bathroom was screened off by abstract paintings, the bath perched on stilts and there was a large yellow piano adorned with a 'vive la fun' logo. Above a lively neon-lit café called the Star Bar (where the Beatles' 'She Loves You' blared out on the jukebox until 4 a.m.), it was entertaining though hardly suitable for a newborn."
However, Boris Johnson eventually gave up his American citizenship for tax purposes. As a dual citizen, the IRS required the now prime minister to file a tax return on his earnings even though he lived in the UK, and was ordered to pay those relevant tax returns. Outraged, Johnson said in 2015 on being asked whether or not he would pay up, “"No is the answer. I think it's absolutely outrageous. Why should I? I haven't lived in the United States since I was five years old."
To avoid the humiliation of being held at passport control when he visited the US as Mayor of London, Johnson did pay up. As mayor, Johnson attacked the US embassy for its millions of dollars in unpaid congestion tax charges.
(By Brendan Chilton, edited by Sam Gallagher)