LABOUR last night accused Boris Johnson of sexism ‘from the dark ages’ after unearthing a column he wrote in The Spectator magazine.
The party highlighted comments in which he appeared to describe children of single mothers as ‘ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate’, blamed ‘uppity and irresponsible women’ for getting pregnant and criticised ‘the modern Briton’ for ‘his reluctance or inability to take control of his woman’.
Shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti (pictured) said: ‘These comments further reveal Boris Johnson’s contempt for women and families, as he hypocritically attacks what he appallingly describes as “illegitimate” children.
‘His sexist comments are an affront to women everywhere.’ She added: ‘Someone whose attitudes towards women are straight out of the dark ages is not fit to be prime minister of our country.’
In the August 1995 article, Mr Johnson, who edited the magazine from 1995 until 2005, writes about ‘a generation of ill-raised, ignorant, aggressive and illegitimate children who in theory will be paying for our pensions’.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson is today expected to declare that he is committed to the ‘biggest drive of female activist and candidate recruitment with his ambition that half of Tory candidates on the party’s list for future parliamentary elections are women’. He is due to visit the city of Plymouth where a statue will be unveiled to Nancy Astor on the 100th anniversary of her becoming the first woman MP to take her seat in Parliament.
■ LABOUR did more to promote registering to vote on social media than any other party. Jeremy Corbyn posted a link to the website 26 times on Twitter and 31 on Facebook. Boris Johnson shared it just once.