Jenrick denies PM considers devolution ‘a disaster’ as row with Scotland erupts

A Cabinet minister has denied that the Prime Minister considers devolution to have been "a disaster", but stressed he was "very troubled" by Scottish nationalists' attempts to split up the United Kingdom.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon seized on comments made by Boris Johnson after he told Conservative MPs that devolution had been "a disaster north of the border" and called it "Tony Blair's biggest mistake".

Downing Street sources did not deny Mr Johnson made the comments, which were first reported by the Sun, during a discussion with the Northern Research Group of backbenchers on Monday.

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Journalist Boris Johnson yawns while watching the election results in the early hours of the morning with his wife Marina (L), at the count in Watlington, Oxfordshire, after winning the Henley seat for the Conservatives. * ...in the 2001 General Election. The seat was Michael Heseltine's, who has stepped down at this election.
Journalist Boris Johnson speaks at the count in Watlington, Oxfordshire, after winning the Henley seat for the Conservatives in the 2001 General Election. The seat was Michael Heseltine's, who has stepped down at this election.
Journalist Boris Johnson during a radio broadcast, at the count in Watlington, Oxfordshire, after winning the Henley seat for the Conservatives in the 2001 General Election. The seat was Michael Heseltine's, who has stepped down at this election. 13/11/2004 Boris Johnson who was Saturday November 13 2004, sacked from the Conservative frontbench amid fresh allegations about his private life, a spokesman for Tory leader Michael Howard said.
Boris Johnson watches the election results with his wife Marina (L), at the count in Watlington, Oxfordshire, after winning the Henley seat for the Conservatives in the 2001 General Election. The seat was Michael Heseltine's, who has stepped down at this election.
Boris Johnson MP and editor of the Spectator magazine arrives at Claridges Hotel in London, where he is hosting the 'Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year' Awards. 13/11/2004 Boris Johnson who was Saturday November 13 2004, sacked from the Conservative frontbench amid fresh allegations about his private life, a spokesman for Tory leader Michael Howard said.
Boris Johnson MP and editor of the Spectator in front of the Liver Building in Liverpool during a visit to the city where he apologise to the city for remarks made in his magazine about beheaded hostage Ken Bigley and the Hillsborough tragedy. 13/11/2004 Boris Johnson who was Saturday November 13 2004, sacked from the Conservative frontbench amid fresh allegations about his private life, a spokesman for Tory leader Michael Howard said.
Shadow Arts Minister Boris Johnson campaigns for donations from delegates at the Conservative Party Annual Conference in Bournemouth. 15/10/2004: Tory MP Boris Johnson who edits The Spectator magazine where a leading article has accused Liverpudlians of wallowing in what they regard as their "victim status" over the murder of Ken Bigley and the Hillsborough football disaster in 1989.
Boris Johnson, Conservative MP and editor of The Spectator magazine, at a party to mark The Spectator's 175th anniversary, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Park Lane, London. Among those also in attendance at the party were Home Secretary David Blunkett, broadcasters David Dimbleby and Andrew Neil, and Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble. 16/10/2004 The Spectator editor Johnson, has been ordered by Tory leader Michael Howard to go to Liverpool to apologise for an article in his magazine accusing its people of 'wallowing' in their 'victim status'. Mr Johnson, who is also the Conservative shadow minister for the arts, said he would be travelling to the city next week in a 'spirit of complete humility' to apologise in person for the offence caused.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson stands in front of a London Transport Routemaster bus, at the London Transport Museum in central London. London mayor Boris Johnson launched a competition today to design a possible new "green" replacement for the "much missed" jump-on, jump-off double-decker Routemaster bus. The red driver-and-conductor Routemasters were withdrawn from regular service in 2005.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson during his press conference at the London Transport Museum in central London. London mayor Boris Johnson launched a competition today to design a possible new "green" replacement for the "much missed" jump-on, jump-off double-decker Routemaster bus. The red driver-and-conductor Routemasters were withdrawn from regular service in 2005.
Boris Johnson the Conservative MP for Henley in front of a poster for Pier Comedian Roy Chubby Brown in Blackpool, Monday 3 October 2005 on the first day of the Conservative Conference. Colourful Tory MP Boris Johnson today said he found the idea that Gordon Brown could defeat any leader of the Conservative Party in a General Election "absolutely unbelievable". The member for Henley and Spectator editor, who is backing David Cameron's leadership bid, said that he was not in favour of would-be leaders trying to mimic Tony Blair but called for a new approach to Conservatism. Speaking at a conference fringe meeting, he predicted success for the Tories next time the country goes to polls. He said: "I think the Tories are going to win the next election. See PA Story TORY Boris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: PA.
Boris Johnson the Conservative MP for Henley looks through a telescope on the North Pier at Blackpool, Monday 3 October 2005 on the first day of the Conservative Conference. Colourful Tory MP Boris Johnson today said he found the idea that Gordon Brown could defeat any leader of the Conservative Party in a General Election "absolutely unbelievable". The member for Henley and Spectator editor, who is backing David Cameron's leadership bid, said that he was not in favour of would-be leaders trying to mimic Tony Blair but called for a new approach to Conservatism. Speaking at a conference fringe meeting, he predicted success for the Tories next time the country goes to polls. He said: "I think the Tories are going to win the next election. See PA Story TORY Boris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: PA.
Boris Johnson, MP for Henley and Conservative spokesman on Higher Education, opens a footpath at the Environments Agency in Wallingford, Oxon, Friday April 7 2006. He later started a race between a car, a cyclist, runners and walkers to promote green travel. Watch for PA story.
Boris Johnson, MP for Henley and Conservative spokesman on Higher Education, opens a footpath at the Environments Agency in Wallingford, Oxon, Friday April 7 2006. He later started a race between a car, a cyclist, runners and walkers to promote green travel. Watch for PA story.
Shadow Education Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a session in the House of Commons Thursday January 12, 2006, when MPs can question Education Secretary Ruth Kelly and her ministers about her department. She has been under pressure after she admitted that several registered sex offenders were allowed to work in schools. See PA story EDUCATION Kelly. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: PA.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks at City Hall, London. Mr Johnson confirmed that he will stand down as chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) to make way for deputy mayor Kit Malthouse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 27, 2010. The Tory politician took control of the MPA in October 2008 after ousting Sir Ian Blair from his post as commissioner. See PA story POLICE Johnson. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks at City Hall, London. Mr Johnson confirmed that he will stand down as chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) to make way for deputy mayor Kit Malthouse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 27, 2010. The Tory politician took control of the MPA in October 2008 after ousting Sir Ian Blair from his post as commissioner. See PA story POLICE Johnson. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
File photo dated 6/6/2008 of Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) and the then Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair. Mayor Johnson is to stand down as chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson arrives to attend a concert for children organised by The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts at the Royal Opera House on November 14, 2008 in London.
Boris Johnson and his wife Marina arriving at the Gala Screening of 'Genova' directed by Michael Winterbottom, during the The Times BFI London Film Festival 2008, at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square, central London.
Boris Johnson arrives at the 'Evening Standard 1000 Most Influential People 2008' at the Wallace Collection in central London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson rides next to Olympic gold medallist Chris Hoy (right) during the 2008 London Freewheel event in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) with Team GB Chef De Mission Phil Lane in Beijing, China.
London Mayor Boris Johnson attends a photocall with Olympic Gold medal cyclists Victoria Pendleton and Ed Clancy to encourage Londoners to sign up for the Sky Sports London Freewheel event on September 21st.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson during the Closing Ceremony at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson clenches waving the Olympic Flag during the Closing Ceremony at the National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China.
London Mayor Boris Johnson stand next to an appropriate sign during a visit to the athletes' village in Beijing where he is attending the last few days of the 2008 Olympic Games, and participating in the London Handover during the closing ceremony on Sunday.
London Mayor Boris Johnson visits the athletes' village in Beijing where he is attending the last few days of the 2008 Olympic Games, and participating in the London Handover during the closing ceremony on Sunday.
RETRANSMISSION: CAPTION CORRECTION: making clear he is arriving for meeting. Mayor of London Boris Johnson arrives at the Beijing International Hotel Conference Centre to meet the Mayor of Beijing Guo Jiniong ahead of the London Handover at the Closing Ceremony on Sunday of the 2008 Olympic Games in China.
London Mayor Boris Johnson leaves Heathrow Airport's Terminal 5 heading to Beijing for the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympic games where the flag is then passed on to London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, with the Heritage At Risk Register outside 65 Swinton St, London, WC1, a grade ll listed building on the Heritage At Risk register.
Boris Johnson leads Pride London 2008, the country's largest gay and lesbian carnival
Mayor of London Boris Johnson (centre) with Capital FM Breakfast show DJ Johnny Vaughan (left) and Denise Van Outen (right) on a Routemaster bus at City Hall in London, holding the shirts of Euro 2008 football teams (left to right) Russia, Sweden and Poland which they drew from a sweepstake, in the absence of any British interest in the competition.
(from left to right) Kelly Brook, The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson and Sir Chris Hoy take part in the 2009 London Skyride event in The Mall, London.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson celebrates the start of the Royal British Legion's Pedal to Paris ride 2009 in London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson is interviewed by Nick Ferrari on the LBC 97.3 Breakfast show live in a capsule on the London Eye. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday August 07, 2009. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson leaves Laycock primary school in Islington, London, after voting in the local and European election.
BBC handout photo of London Mayor Boris Johnson appearing on the BBC current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday September 12, 2010. Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman said today there was a "great deal of concern" over the appointment of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as Downing Street's communications chief speaking on the programme. London Mayor Boris Johnson - who was informed by police that his phone was probably among those hacked - said the controversy was politically motivated. "I am not aware of any single new fact which has been brought into the public domain apart from the Conservative victory, or rather the coalition's victory, at the general election," he told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show. See PA story POLITICS Phones. Photo credit should read: Jeff Overs/PA Wire
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson accompanied by Kelly Brook riding bicycles in central London to promote the London Skyride, this morning.
London Mayor Boris Johnson stands in the door of the first new air-conditioned train in London as part of a scheme to have 40\% of tube trains air-conditioned by 2015. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 02, 2010. The train serving the Metropolitan Line is the first of 191 brand new walk-through trains. See PA story TRANSPORT Air. Photo credit should read: Katie Collins/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson takes to the stage to launch T-Mobile Big Dance 2010 at the London Palladium, London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson makes his way to the Green Point stadium ahead of England's match against Algeria in Cape Town, South Africa.
Boris Johnson attends the �20 Million Opening of the Galleries of Modern London at the Museum of London, London, 27th May 2010.
Boris Johnson speaks at the �20 Million Opening of the Galleries of Modern London at the Museum of London, London, 27th May 2010.
Boris Johnson speaks at the �20 Million Opening of the Galleries of Modern London at the Museum of London, London, 27th May 2010.
11 May 2010 - London, England - NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (Right) with Mayor of London Boris Johnson at Westminster undergound station. Photo Credit: Chris Ratcliffe/Office of Mayor Bloomberg/Sipa Press/1005111916
London Mayor Boris Johnson leaves after casting his vote in Islington, London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson leaves after casting his vote in Islington, London.
Conservative Party leader David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson meet students at the City of London Academy in south east London today.
Conservative Party leader David Cameron and the Mayor of London Boris Johnson celebrate St George's Day at Leadenhall Market in the City of London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 23, 2010. See PA story ELECTION Tories. Photo credit should read: Johnny Green/PA Wire
Leader of the Conservative Party David Cameron (centre) with Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) as they celebrate St George's day in Leadenhall Market in the City of London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson speaks to members of the public at the Conservatives call centre, Millbank, London.
London mayor Boris Johnson is a guest of honour at the Menorah lighting in Trafalgar Square, London, to celebrate Chanukah - the Jewish festival of lights. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday December 20, 2011. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson walks down Diagon Alley as he visits the new attraction 'The Making of Harry Potter' at Warner Brothers studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo Monday December 19, 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson walks down Diagon Alley as he visits the new attraction 'The Making of Harry Potter' at Warner Brothers studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo Monday December 19, 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson waves a wand in Diagon Alley as he visits the new attraction 'The Making of Harry Potter' at Warner Brothers studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo Monday December 19, 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA
Mayor of London Boris Johnson poses in Diagon Alley as he visits the new attraction 'The Making of Harry Potter' at Warner Brothers studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo Monday December 19, 2011. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA
Boris Johnson with M&M Characters at the M&M Launch, Leicester Square,London on July 06, 2011.
Boris Johnson with Alexandra Burke at the M&M Launch, Leicester Square,London on July 06, 2011.
London Mayor Boris Johnson arrives at Wimbledon
London Mayor Boris Johnson takes former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger (right) for a ride on one of his 'Boris bikes' during his visit to City Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 31, 2011. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Arnold Schwarzenegger (right) on bikes outside City Hall, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 31, 2011. See PA story POLITICS Arnie. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaking at the Launch of WorldSkills London 2011 � Have a Go, at City Hall in central London. The WorldSkills skills competition will take place at ExCeL London between October 5-8 2011.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson attending the Launch of WorldSkills London 2011 Have a Go, at City Hall in central London. The WorldSkills skills competition will take place at ExCeL London between October 5-8 2011.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson welcomes the Governor of Tokyo Mr Yoichi Masuzoe to the Olympic Park in London, where he showed him the various London 2012 Olympic venues ahead of Tokyo hosting the 2020 Games.
London Mayor Boris Johnson boards one of the first trains of the new London Overground extension connecting Clapham Junction with Canada Water. ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 10 2012. The new service will be London's first new orbital Journey times from south and east London. See PA story RAIL Link. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA
London Mayor Boris Johnson boards one of the first trains of the new London Overground extension connecting Clapham Junction with Canada Water. ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday December 10 2012. The new service will be London's first new orbital Journey times from south and east London. See PA story RAIL Link. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA
London Mayor Boris Johnson speaks at a Christmas carol concert held in Trafalgar Square to thank the London Olympic 2012 volunteers.
England cricketers Stuart Broad (left), James Anderson (2nd left), Kevin Pietersen (2nd right) and Matt Prior (right) pose for a photograph with Mayor of London Boris Johnson at a reception hosted by the Mayor in Mumbai, India. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 28, 2012. Mr Johnson is on a week long tour of India where he will be trying to persuade Indian businesses to invest in London. See PA story POLITICS Johnson. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
London Mayor Boris Johnson is mobbed by school children in Delhi today after he handed over the London 2012 Olympic cauldron petals to Indian Olympians. The petals which were part of the Thomas Heatherwick designed cauldron which burnt throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be given to every competing nation.
London Mayor Boris Johnson at the British High Commission in Delhi after he handed over the London 2012 Olympic cauldron petals to Indian Olympians. The petals which were part of the Thomas Heatherwick designed cauldron which burnt throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games will be given to every competing nation.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson addresses the Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson leaves the stage after addressing the Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson addresses the Conservative Party conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.
London Mayor Boris Johnson makes his way to address the Conservative Party Conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.
London Mayor Boris Johnson arrives at Birmingham New Street Station before attending the Conservative Party conference today.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson addresses the athletes and fans from the QVM during the London 2012 Victory Parade for Team GB and Paralympic GB athletes in London, England.
Kelly Brook with Politician Of The Year London Mayor Boris Johnson at the 2012 GQ Men Of The Year Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London
Mayor of London Boris Johnson holds a press conference in Westminster, London, to discuss the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics.
London Mayor Boris Johnson talks to members of the armed forces during a visit to Tobacco Dock, Wapping, as a thank you for their help in making the London 2012 Olympic Games secure.
London Mayor Boris Johnson arrives to meet members of the armed forces during a visit to Tobacco Dock, Wapping, as a thank you for their help in making the London 2012 Olympic Games secure.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson (second right) watches Great Britain's Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield compete in the Men's Synchronised 10m Platform competition at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympics Park during the third day of the London 2012 Olympics.
(EDITOR�S NOTE: Image Archived 26/07/2012) Boris Johnson at the Coca Cola Olympic Torch Relay Finale - the final torchbearer arrives to light the cauldron - at Hyde Park, London. Prime Minister Boris Johnson MP has tested positive for coronavirus, Downing Street has announced that Mr Johnson has mild symptoms and will self-isolate in Downing Street. He will still be in charge of the government's handling of the crisis, the statement added. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Tyler Rix and Mayor Boris Johnson with the Olympic Torch at Coca-Cola's London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Concert at Hyde Park in London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson poses with Tessa Sanderson (left), Dame Kelly Holmes and Jayne Torvill (right) during the Welcome Ceremony at the Athletes Village, Olympic Park, London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson leaves the Opening of IOC Session at the Royal Opera House, London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits the Olympic Park and Olympic Village in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits the Olympic Park and Olympic Village in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits the Olympic Park and Olympic Village in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits the Olympic Park and Olympic Village in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits the Olympic Park and Olympic Village in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits the Olympic Park and Olympic Village in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson meets Mayor of the Olympic Village Sir Charles Allen as he visits the Olympic Park and Olympic Village in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Arlene Phillips dance at St Pancras International Station during the launch of Big Dance 2012.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Arlene Phillips with a dance group at St Pancras International Station during the launch of Big Dance 2012.
London Mayor Boris Johnson in front of Tower Bridge in London where the Olympic rings were hung this morning in readiness for the start of the 2012 Lodnon Olympics.
London Mayor Boris Johnson looks out from the public viewing platform of the newly completed ArcelorMittal Orbit, the Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond-designed sculpture that that will stand at the heart of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Park.
London Mayor Boris Johnson looks out from the public viewing platform of the newly completed ArcelorMittal Orbit, the Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond-designed sculpture that that will stand at the heart of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Park.
Candidates (left - right) Brian Paddick, Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone attend the London Gay Mayoral Hustings hosted by Stonewall at the British Film Institute, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday April 14, 2012. Watch for PA story POLITICS Mayor. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron and London Mayor Boris Johnson (left) take the tube from Westminster to Southwark where they visited Transport for London's Surface Transport and Traffic Operations Centre which monitors traffic flow and will play a key part in the summer during the London Olympics. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday March 3, 2012. See PA story POLITICS Conservatives. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer's Dinah Gould aged 99 (left) and Dominic John MacGowan aged 11 (right) with London Mayor Boris Johnson during a photocall at Redlands Primary School, London.
London 2012 Chairman Lord Coe (right) watches as London Mayor Boris Johnson plays basketball with pupils from Chiswick Community School in west London where they told the school how many Olympic tickets they would receive through the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme.
London Mayor Boris Johnson throws balls in the air with pupils from Chiswick Community School in west London where he and London 2012 Chairman Lord Coe told the school how many Olympic tickets they would receive through the London 2012 Ticketshare scheme.
London Mayor Boris Johnson tours the new fire control centre in west London ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games later this year after it was officially opened.
London Mayor Boris Johnson tours the new fire control centre in west London ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games later this year after it was officially opened.
Boris Johnson leaving King's Cross station on his bike after attending the Get Ahead of the Games � Plan Your Travel in 2012 Event, an initiative to explain to commuters and the travelling public across London and the UK how transport networks will operate during Games-time and how they should plan their travel.
Lord Sebastian Coe (right) and Boris Johnson during the Get Ahead of the Games - Plan Your Travel in 2012 Event, an initiative to explain to commuters and the travelling public across London and the UK how transport networks will operate during Games-time and how they should plan their travel, at the German Gymnasium, Pancras Way, London.
David Cameron and Boris Johnson during the' London 2012 One Year To Go' ceremony in Trafalgar Square. London
London Mayor Boris Johnson during a media conference at Newham Leisure Centre for the announcement of ticket prices for the London 2012 Olympics.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson arrives at the Gallons Close development in Charlton, south east London, where he saw some of the new affordable houses and announced that 50,000 homes would be made available to Londoners by 2012.
London Mayor Boris Johnson arrives on the high speed Javelin train at Stratford Station where he will view ongoing construction work at the Olympic stadium in east London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson and Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell arrive in Stratford to view ongoing construction work at the Olympic stadium in east London.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson stands with basketball player Daniel Clark, during a photocall to promote 'warm up weekend', to get Londoners in the mood for the 2012 London Olympics, outside City hall in central London, this afternoon.
London Mayor Boris Johnson (left) meets Olympic hopefuls, along with Dame Kelly Holmes (second left), where he announced that 30 young athletes would receive grants of 1,000 each to help them reach their potential by the 2012 Olympics.
Boris Johnson watch as the Olympic, Paralympic and British flags are raised outside City Hall in London to formally mark London becoming the host city for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
RETRANSMISSION CLARIFYING PURPOSE OF CLOCK. Mayor of London Boris Johnson unveils a digital clock that will countdown the days, hours and minutes, until the opening ceremony of Westfield's Stratford City, which will be the gateway to the London 2012 Olympic Games site, in east London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson addresses the CBI Annual conference in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks to delegates in the main hall during the Conservative Conference 2013, held at Manchester Central
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson gives an interview outside Manchester Central during the Conservative Conference 2013.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson gives an interview outside Manchester Central during the Conservative Conference 2013.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson addresses the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson delivers his speech to delegates on the third day of the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central in Manchester.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks to delegates during the Conservative Conference 2013, held at Manchester Central.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks to delegates during the Conservative Conference 2013, held at Manchester Central
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits McKenna Bothers makers of destination boards in Middleton during the second day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits McKenna Bothers makers of destination boards in Middleton during the second day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits McKenna Bothers makers of destination boards in Middleton during the second day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
(left to right) Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz the mayor of Warsaw, Boris Johnson the Mayor of London, Michael Bloomberg the Mayor of New York and Matteo Renzi the Mayor of Florence at the launch of the Mayors Challenge in Europe at City Hall in London, Boris Johnson is holding a gift presented to Michael Bloomberg . PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 24, 2013. The competition invites leaders of European cities to enter with prizes of 5 million Euros for the grand winner. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 24, 2013. The competition invites leaders of European cities to enter with prizes of 5 million Euros for the grand winner. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson with Ben Quilter (left) Hannah Cockcroft (2nd left) and Sophie Christiansen (right) at the National Paralympic Day in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park in Stratford, where he was presented the Paralympic order by the International Paralympic committee. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 7, 2013. See PA story SPORT Paralympics. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire
Boris Johnson attends the GQ Men of the Year Awards in association with Hugo Boss at the Royal Opera House, London.
Boris Johnson (centre) takes part in a celebrity tennis match in aid of the Royal Marsden Hospital at The Queen's Club, London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston at the announcement for London to host the start and Finish of the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, during a photo call in London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson at the announcement for London to host the start and Finish of the 2013-14 edition of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, during a photo call in London.
EDITORIAL USE ONLY Olympic Gold medalist Nick Skelton and Mayor of London Boris Johnson at the launch of the Longines Global Champions Tour, an international show jumping event that will take place in The International Quarter adjacent to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, from 6th Ð 9th June 2013.
Children take pictures of Mayor of London Boris Johnson during his visit to a 100-year-old youth club that has helped 10,000 boys, at Crown and Manor Youth Club in north London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson after unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of Crown and Manor youth club's new building at Wiltshire Row, north London, during a visit to a 100-year-old youth club that has helped 10,000 boys. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 28, 2013. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
London Mayor Boris Johnson opens trading at the London Stock Exchange in London today. ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 12 2013. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
London Mayor Boris Johnson opens trading at the London Stock Exchange in London today. ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 12 2013. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
London Mayor Boris Johnson takes to the pitch before the NFL International match at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday November 9, 2014. See PA story GRIDIRON NFL. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) and actor Brian Blessed sell poppies in Liverpool Street Station in central London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson with identical twins at the Evening Standard's The 1000 Most Influential Londoners 2014, event at The Francis Crick Institute in London.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson during the Conservative Party Conference 2014, at The ICC Birmingham.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson during the Conservative Party Conference 2014, at The ICC Birmingham.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson during the Conservative Party Conference 2014, at The ICC Birmingham.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson during the Conservative Party Conference 2014, at The ICC Birmingham.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson attends a flag raising ceremony outside City Hall ahead of National Armed Forces Day on Saturday.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) during the opening ceremony of he Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson in the stands during the international friendly match at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 17, 2015. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see paphotos.com/info for full restrictions and further information.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson lays a wreath during the GLA (Greater London Authority) Annual Service of Remembrance at City Hall in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson (left) takes part in a tug of war with personnel from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force at the launch of London Poppy Day, on Potters Field, next to City Hall in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson recovers after taking part in a tug of war with personnel from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force at the launch of London Poppy Day, on Potters Field, next to City Hall in London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson falls over during a tug of war with personnel from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force at the launch of London Poppy Day, on Potters Field, next to City Hall in London.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson delivers his speech to delegates in the third day of the Conservative Party annual conference at Manchester Central Convention Centre.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson delivers his speech to delegates in the third day of the Conservative Party annual conference at Manchester Central Convention Centre.
Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge, delivers his speech to the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central.
Boris Johnson, MP for Uxbridge, delivers his speech to the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson before the Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham Stadium, London.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Street in London for talks with David Cameron as the PM puts the finishing touches to his new cabinet.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson arrives at 10 Downing Street in London for talks with David Cameron as the PM puts the finishing touches to his new cabinet.
Mayor of London and prospective Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip Boris Johnson waits to take part in a radio interview after the General Election count at Brunel University, London.
Mayor of London and prospective Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip Boris Johnson after the General Election count at Brunel University, London.
Mayor of London and Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip Boris Johnson leaves Brunel University with his wife Marina after the General Election count.
Independent candidate Michael Doherty (right) attempts to interrupt Mayor of London Boris Johnson as he makes a speech after winning the Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat during the General Election count at Brunel University, London.
Mayor of London and prospective Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Boris Johnson, speaks after winning the seat during the General Election count at Brunel University, London.
Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler leave a polling station in Islington, north London, after voting the in the General Election 2015.
Mayor of London and prospective Conservative candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, Boris Johnson, after winning the seat during the General Election count at Brunel University, London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson and his wife Marina arrive at Utility Warehouse in Hendon for a Q&A with Prime Minister David Cameron while on the General Election campaign trail.
A woman takes a selfie photo with Mayor of London Boris Johnson as he speak to residents in Enfield town centre while on the General Election campaign trail, as he gives his support to local Conservative candidate Nick De Bois (not in picture).
Mayor of London Boris Johnson speaks at Lynch Plant Hire Depot in North West London.
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson with 3 year old Staphanie during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson takes part in a hand painting session during a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey.
Prime Minister David Cameron (back) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson leave following a General Election campaign visit to Advantage Children's Day Nursery in Surbiton, Surrey.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson, enjoys an ice cream during a General Election campaign walkabout in Ramsgate, Kent.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits Sipsmith's Gin distillery in Chiswick, London, the first copper distillery in the capital for 200 years.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson visits Sipsmith's Gin distillery in Chiswick, London, the first copper distillery in the capital for 200 years. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 17, 2015. Mr Johnson has not ruled out becoming a minister in the first year of a Tory government but said David Cameron would not be in favour of such a move. Mr Johnson insisted he could not see how a ministerial position would be compatible with his job as Mayor of London, which will end in May 2016. After that the road would be clear for Mr Johnson to be promoted to government if the Tories form it and he becomes MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. But Mr Johnson stressed that his current mayoral position was like running a big budget government department already. See PA story ELECTION Boris. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson samples Gin during a visit to Sipsmith's Gin distillery in Chiswick, London, the first copper distillery in the capital for 200 years. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday April 17, 2015. Mr Johnson has not ruled out becoming a minister in the first year of a Tory government but said David Cameron would not be in favour of such a move. Mr Johnson insisted he could not see how a ministerial position would be compatible with his job as Mayor of London, which will end in May 2016. After that the road would be clear for Mr Johnson to be promoted to government if the Tories form it and he becomes MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. But Mr Johnson stressed that his current mayoral position was like running a big budget government department already. See PA story ELECTION Boris. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Mayor of London Boris Johnson plant seeds as he campaigns in South Acton, London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson with Conservative candidate for Kingston and Surbiton James Berry (right) talking to local shopkeepers while on the General Election campaign trail in New Malden in south-west London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson while on the General Election campaign trail in New Malden in south-west London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson launches the Conservative London campaign at Hartley Hall in Mill Hill, London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson is licked by a dog as he meets members of the public and local business owners after launching the Conservative London campaign at Hartley Hall in Mill Hill, London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson has a selfie taken with a member of the public after launching the Conservative London campaign at Hartley Hall in Mill Hill, London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson after being licked by a dog as he meets members of the public and local business owners after launching the Conservative London campaign at Hartley Hall in Mill Hill, London.
A member of the public takes a photo on their mobile phone of Mayor of London Boris Johnson after he launched the Conservative London campaign at Hartley Hall in Mill Hill, London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson leaves Global Radio studios in central London after presenting his regularly phone-in show for LBC radio following David Cameron comments that he is ruling out a third term as Prime Minister.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson on his bicycle as he leaves Global Radio studios in central London after presenting his regularly phone-in show for LBC radio following David Cameron comments that he is ruling out a third term as Prime Minister.
London Mayor Boris Johnson meets with Police Commissioner William Bratton at the NYPD's Lower Manhattan Security Initiative in New York City, on February 11, 2015. "We just had an extraordinary presentation on data collection of surveillance cameras and we are looking at New York as a leader in making that data work for us," Mayor Johnson said at a news conference on Wednesday. (Photo by John M. Mantel) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
London Mayor Boris Johnson meets with Police Commissioner William Bratton at the NYPD's Lower Manhattan Security Initiative in New York City, on February 11, 2015. "We just had an extraordinary presentation on data collection of surveillance cameras and we are looking at New York as a leader in making that data work for us," Mayor Johnson said at a news conference on Wednesday. (Photo by John M. Mantel) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
File photo dated 22/12/2017 of Dr Laurie Bristow, the UK's ambassador to Russia (left), with Boris Johnson when the Foreign Secrtary visited Moscow.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaving Downing Street, London, after a pre-Budget Cabinet meeting.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during a meeting with Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney at Iveagh House in Dublin. Picture date: Friday November 17, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Johnson. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during a meeting with Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney at Iveagh House in Dublin. Picture date: Friday November 17, 2017. See PA story POLITICS Johnson. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaking at the Chatham House London Conference at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.
Foreign Minister Boris Johnson watches as Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the Conservative Party Conference, at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester. Picture date: 4 October, 2017. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson makes a speech during the Conservative Party Conference, at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester. Picture date: 3 October, 2017. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson makes a speech during the Conservative Party Conference, at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester. Picture date: 3 October, 2017. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson delivering his speech at the Conservative party conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson goes for an early morning run during the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at the Conservative Party Conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at the Conservative Party Conference at the Manchester Central Convention Complex in Manchester.
A Boris Johnson impersonator holds a Theresa May puppet during an Exit for Brexit rally during the second day of the Liberal Democrats Autumn Conference at the Bournemouth International Centre.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arriving at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in central London.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaving his ministerial residence in central London.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson makes a speech on the General Election campaign trail in Shildon, County Durham.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arriving in Downing Street, London, as Prime Minister Theresa May is to visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace later to mark the dissolution of Parliament for the General Election.
In conjunction with his chairmanship of back-to-back United Nations Security Council meetings regarding Somalia and South Sudan, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Boris Johnson is seen speaking to the press at the Security Council stakeout at UN headquarters in New York, NY, USA on March 23, 2017. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones) *** Please Use Credit from Credit Field ***
Boris Johnson at the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference 2017 in central London.
Boris Johnson at the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference 2017 in central London.
Boris Johnson at the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference 2017 in central London.
Boris Johnson pictured during a live radio phone-in on Nick Ferrari at Breakfast, on LBC, at their studios in central London. Picture date: Monday 14th January, 2018 . Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Boris Johnson (left), guest speaker during the DUP annual conference is welcomed onto the stage by Lord Morrow, DUP Chairman at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast.
Boris Johnson speaking during the DUP annual conference at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast.
Boris Johnson speaking during the DUP annual conference at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast.
Boris Johnson MP speaks at a fringe event organised by Conservative Home during the Conservative Party annual conference, at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Picture date: Tuesday October 2nd, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS.
Boris Johnson MP speaks at a fringe event organised by Conservative Home during the Conservative Party annual conference, at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Picture date: Tuesday October 2nd, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS.
Boris Johnson arrives ahead of his speech at a fringe event at the Conservative Party annual conference at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham.
Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at the Conservative Party annual conference at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 2, 2018. See PA story TORY Main. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson visit Warsaw, Poland on June 21, 2018 to meet with Polish minister of defense Mariusz Blasczak and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz. (Photo by Jaap Arriens / Sipa USA)
The Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson visit Warsaw, Poland on June 21, 2018 to meet with Polish minister of Defense Mariusz Blasczak and Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz. (Photo by Jaap Arriens / Sipa USA)
Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs chats to Simon de Burton on the House of Hackney bike and Sam Pelly on the Boyarde bike while on Elephant Family's 'Concours d’éléphant’ outside Horse Guards during the photocall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. A customised fleet of 12 Ambassador cars, eight Royal Enfield motorbikes, a tuk tuk and a Gujarati Chagda made up the 'Concours d’éléphant’ - a cavalcade of designer inspired, quintessentially Indian vehicles - while thirty beautifully decorated elephant sculptures will stand sentinel across the capital, ambassadors for their cousins in the wild. Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs chats to Simon de Burton on the House of Hackney bike and Sam Pelly on the Boyarde bike while on Elephant Family's 'Concours d’éléphant’ outside Horse Guards during the photocall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 12, 2018. A customised fleet of 12 Ambassador cars, eight Royal Enfield motorbikes, a tuk tuk and a Gujarati Chagda made up the 'Concours d’éléphant’ - a cavalcade of designer inspired, quintessentially Indian vehicles - while thirty beautifully decorated elephant sculptures will stand sentinel across the capital, ambassadors for their cousins in the wild.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson at the State Department in Washington, DC on May 7, 2018 (Photo by Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA)
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks during the Easter Banquet, hosted by the Lord Mayor, at Mansion House in the City of London. Picture date: Tuesday March 28th, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks during the Easter Banquet, hosted by the Lord Mayor, at Mansion House in the City of London. Picture date: Tuesday March 28th, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson during a visit to a Crossrail construction site underneath Tottenham Court Road in central London. The Crossrail project, which is expected to be completed in 2018, will link Berkshire, west of London with Essex, east of London.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson poses beside the river in Zurich, Switzerland.
London Mayor Boris Johnson (left) speaks with ex footballer Ian Wright after taking receipt of London's official copy of the final World Cup 2018 bid outside City Hall, London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson (right) speaks to media with ex footballer Ian Wright after taking receipt of London's official copy of the final World Cup 2018 bid book outside City Hall, London.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, signing the official host city agreement for London's bid submission for the England 2018/2022 Fifa World Cup, at City Hall, London.
File photo dated 13/12/2019 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson with partner Carrie Symonds, they have announced that they are expecting a baby in the early summer and that they have got engaged.
File photo dated 02/10/2019 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson with partner Carrie Symonds, they have announced that they are expecting a baby in the early summer and that they have got engaged.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson serves Christmas lunch to British troops stationed in Estonia during a one-day visit to the Baltic country. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 21, 2019. The Prime Minister thanked the servicemen and women for their work as he joined them for lunch at the Tapa military base near the capital Tallinn. The base is home to 850 British troops from the Queen's Royal Hussars who lead the Nato battlegroup along with personnel from Estonia, France and Denmark. See PA story POLITICS Estonia. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addresses British soldiers after serving Christmas lunch to British troops stationed in Estonia during a one-day visit to the Baltic country. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 21, 2019. The Prime Minister thanked the servicemen and women for their work as he joined them for lunch at the Tapa military base near the capital Tallinn. The base is home to 850 British troops from the Queen's Royal Hussars who lead the Nato battlegroup along with personnel from Estonia, France and Denmark. See PA story POLITICS Estonia. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets soldiers after serving Christmas lunch to British troops stationed in Estonia during a one-day visit to the Baltic country. PA Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 21, 2019. The Prime Minister thanked the servicemen and women for their work as he joined them for lunch at the Tapa military base near the capital Tallinn. The base is home to 850 British troops from the Queen's Royal Hussars who lead the Nato battlegroup along with personnel from Estonia, France and Denmark. See PA story POLITICS Estonia. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking during the debate in the House of Commons, London, on the Queen's Speech.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn walk through the Members' Lobby in the House of Commons during the State Opening of Parliament by Queen Elizabeth II, at the Palace of Westminster in London.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses for photographs as he welcomes the newly elected Conservative MPs at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, after the party gained an 80-seat majority in the General Election.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson alongside the newly elected Conservative MPs at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, after the party gained an 80-seat majority in the General Election.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street, London.
PA REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2019 File photo dated 02/09/19 of Dame Barbara Windsor meeting Prime Minister Boris Johnson after she delivered an Alzheimer's Society open letter to 10 Downing Street in Westminster, London, calling on him to address the "devastating state" of dementia care.
PA REVIEW OF THE YEAR 2019 File photo dated 13/12/19 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arriving in Downing Street after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to see newly elected Conservative party MP for Sedgefield, Paul Howell during a visit to Sedgefield Cricket Club in County Durham.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to see newly elected Conservative party MP for Sedgefield, Paul Howell during a visit to Sedgefield Cricket Club in County Durham.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to supporters during a visit to see newly elected Conservative party MP for Sedgefield, Paul Howell during a visit to Sedgefield Cricket Club in County Durham.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks in Downing Street, London after his gamble on early election paid off as the Conservative Party won a majority in the 2019 General Election. The Conservative Party's commanding majority will take United Kingdom out of the European Union by the end of January 2020. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seen outside No 10 Downing Street, London after his gamble on early election paid off as the Conservative Party won a majority in the 2019 General Election. The Conservative Party's commanding majority will take United Kingdom out of the European Union by the end of January 2020. (Photo by Steve Taylor / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to the media in Downing Street, London, after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority. Boris Johnson Picture date: Friday December 13, 2019. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics
Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a statement in Downing Street, London after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is greeted by staff as he arrives back at 10 Downing Street, London, after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to form a new government after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) shakes hands with Queen's Equerry-in-Waiting Lieutenant Colonel Charles Richards as he leaves Buckingham Palace in London after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to form a new government after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left), with Queen's Equerry-in-Waiting Lieutenant Colonel Charles Richards, leaves Buckingham Palace in London after meeting Queen Elizabeth II and accepting her invitation to form a new government after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds arrive in Downing Street after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a rally with party supporters in Westminster after the Conservative Party was returned to power in the General Election with an increased majority.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson with partner Carrie Symonds and dog Dilyn at the count for the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving his victory speech after winning the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving his victory speech after winning the Uxbridge & Ruislip South constituency in the 2019 General Election.
File photo dated 09/03/20 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds arriving at the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, London on Commonwealth Day.
File photo dated 06/03/20 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a visit to the Mologic Laboratory in the Bedford technology Park in Bedfordshire.
File photo dated 25/03/2020 of Health Secretary Matt Hancock watching Prime Minister Boris Johnson speak during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, both of them have tested positive for coronavirus.
File photo dated 20/03/2020 of Prime Minister Boris Johnson (centre), Chancellor Rishi Sunak (left) and Dr Jenny Harries (right) speaking at a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19). The Prime Minister has said he has tested positive for coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak outside 10 Downing Street, London, joining in with a national applause for the NHS from their doorsteps, windows and balconies to show their appreciation for all NHS workers who are helping to fight the Coronavirus.
27/03/2020 in Pergine Valsugana, Italy. A girl looks at BBC World News giving the Breaking News of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive at the Coronavirus Most part of Europe is today on a sweeping confinement to try to slow down the spread of the Covid-19 Pandemic. Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister. (Photo by ESPA/Cal Sport Media/Sipa USA)
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But Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told Sky News that was "not what the Prime Minister was saying".

"The Prime Minister has always supported devolution but he is at heart a unionist and he is very troubled by the rise of nationalism and separatism," he said.

In a later interview on Tuesday, Mr Jenrick also had choice words for those pushing for another independence referendum for Scotland, following 2014's No result.

He told BBC Breakfast: "I also think, frankly, that any politician who wanted to hold a referendum on a topic like this at this moment in time...is frankly, mad.

"We're in the middle of a very serious health situation, a pandemic, and we're also seeing massive disruption to people's lives and livelihoods as a result of the economic disruption that's flowed with it."

Mr Johnson's reported comments, which come just a few months before the Scottish Parliament elections next year, have caused fresh controversy over the union, with the comments being used by nationalists to back up their arguments for full autonomy.

In response to the remarks, which also included Mr Johnson saying he could not "see a case" for handing down more powers, Scotland's First Minister suggested independence was the best answer for the devolved administration.

Ms Sturgeon tweeted: "Worth bookmarking these PM comments for the next time Tories say they're not a threat to the powers of the Scottish Parliament – or, even more incredibly, that they support devolving more powers.

"The only way to protect and strengthen the Scottish Parliament is with independence."

Douglas Ross, who leads the Conservatives in Scotland, insisted that "devolution has not been a disaster".

But shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray criticised Mr Johnson as he defended devolution as "one of Labour's proudest achievements".

"This confirms that Boris Johnson doesn't believe in devolution and would put the future of the United Kingdom at risk," the Labour MP said.

The row comes only a month after the UK's three devolved administrations raised concerns over the Westminster Government's UK Internal Market Bill, with the Scottish Government describing the legislation as a "power grab".

Analysis of a study examining public opinion at the beginning of November also suggested the pursuit of Brexit is undermining support for Scotland remaining in the UK.

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