• Date and time: Thursday 23 October 2014, 6.30pm
  • Location: Bowland auditorium, Berrick Saul building
  • Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

Event details

York Union event

"The Heineken Tory". "A nasty piece of work". Boris Johnson divides opinion.

As the general election approaches, with Boris campaigning to re-enter Parliament and for an outright Tory victory, serious questions need to be asked. 

Has Boris put his private interests ahead of London's by aiming to be both the Mayor of London and a Parliamentarian at the same time? After all, he did break his "solemn vow" to Londoners not to have the Mayoralty "combined with any other political capacity".

Does his extramarital affair mean he is lacking the necessary scruples to take high office? The then Conservative Party leader, Michael Howard, thought so and sacked him from the Shadow Cabinet.

Sonia Purnell, author of Just Boris: A Tale of Blond Ambition, will be addressing The York Union about Boris' rise and his future. She worked with him closely in Brussels at the the Daily Telegraph bureau in the 1990s. Her book quickly became a bestseller upon hardback release in 2011; noted for its jaunty prose and unflattering portrait of Boris. Just Boris was longlisted for the Orwell Prize. In addition to contributing to the major national newspapers, Purnell is currently writing a biography of Clementine Churchill. 

(We have a suggested £2 donation. As with all York Union events, there will be a wine reception to finish where audience members can speak to the guest one-on-one.)

Sonia Purnell, Boris Johnson biographer
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