The ex-foreign secretary and former London Mayor has long had a questionable attitude towards women, with both the House of Commons speaker John Bercow and female members of the London Assembly accusing him of sexist behaviour.Evidence of Johnson’s views towards women can be found throughout his career.In 1996, while a journalist for the Telegraph, Johnson went to the Labour conference and wrote a piece reviewing the quality of “the hot totty” who were present.”The unanimous opinion is that what has been called the ‘Tottymeter’ reading is higher than at any Labour Party conference in living memory,” he wrote.He added that: “Time and again the ‘Tottymeter’ has gone off as a young woman delegate mounts the rostrum.”In an attempt to explain the trend of women shifting their allegiances to the Labour party, Johnson suggests that it is either due to the party’s “planned erosion of male liberty — such as ending the right to drink in public places,” or because of “Labour’s most bizarre promise, that women will be more promiscuous if Mr Blair comes to power.”However, he concluded that the real reason women are turning to Labour is because of their natural “fickleness.””The real reason why Blackpool is buzzing with glamorous women is surely that they scent victory. It is not the great smell of Brut that makes John Prescott attractive. It is the whiff of power. With the fickleness of their sex, they are following the polls.”
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