Boris Johnson refuses to answer question about his children

Jimmy Nsubuga
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the West Monkton CEVC Primary School on a General Election campaign trail in Taunton, England, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Britain goes to the polls on Dec. 12. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)
Boris Johnson visits a primary school in Taunton (Picture: AP)

Boris Johnson refused to confirm if any of his children are currently attending school during an awkward interview today, after facing questions about his mysterious family life.

The Prime Minister has never publicly confirmed how many children he has.

He remained vague during a BBC Radio 5 Live phone-in on Friday morning.

Mr Johnson has constantly avoided questions about how many children he has and when he was pressed again he continued to dodge.

Presenter Rachel Burden asked him: "None of your children have been to state school as I understand?"

The PM replied: "Sorry I don't comment about my children."

Ms Burden added: "Do you have any children currently of school age?

Mr Johnson said: "I won't comment on my children if that's alright. Um."

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson walks along the high street during a General Election campaign trail stop in Wells, southwest England on November 14, 2019. (Photo by Frank Augstein / POOL / AFP) (Photo by FRANK AUGSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Prime Minister also denied the Tories offered peerages to Brexit Party members if they agreed to stand down in the General Election (Picture: Getty)

The PM also suggested not all his children had been privately educated during the discussion about schools, adding: “Your assertion that none of my children have been to state schools is wrong.”

He said he wanted all schools to be superb and for every young person to have the same opportunities.

The PM added he planned to spend on education across the country if he won the General Election in December.


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Mr Johnson also dismissed as “nonsense” claims the Conservatives offered peerages to senior Brexit Party figures in a bid to get their candidates to stand aside.

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage claimed he had repeatedly been offered a seat in the House of Lords in an attempt to persuade him to “go quietly”.

He said that, when that failed, people working “deep inside Number 10” had tried to bypass him, going directly to senior Brexit Party figures and suggesting eight of them could be made peers if they could persuade him to withdraw more of his candidates.

Asked about the claims, the Prime Minister acknowledged that there may have been “conversations” between senior Tories and people in the Brexit Party.

El líder del Partido Brexit, Nigel Farage, durante un mitin para las elecciones generales de diciembre, en Ilford, Essex, Inglaterra, el 13 de noviembre de 2019. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage claimed he had repeatedly been offered a seat in the House of Lords in an attempt to persuade him to “go quietly” (Picture: PA)

However, he flatly denied there had been any offers of peerages, saying that was “just not the way we operate”.

“What is this nonsense?” he said.

“I am sure that there are conversations that take place between politicians of all parties. Certainly, nobody has been offered a peerage, I can tell you that.

“The Conservative Party doesn’t do deals of this kind. It is just not the way we operate.

“We don’t do deals, I think that will be pretty obvious from what has happened. We have made no undertakings.”

The PM was also interviewed on BBC Breakfast on Friday morning.