Nick Clegg ambushed by Boris Johnson in radio phone-in

By Laura Moulden

Nick Clegg has been ambushed on his weekly radio talk show by London mayor Boris Johnson.

Speaking on LBC Radio this morning (February 7th), the deputy prime minister was put on the spot over the issue of public transport.

In a pre-recorded message, the mayor asked:

“When are you going to get politicians out of their limos and on to public transport? How can we possibly expect government to vote for increases in infrastructure spending … when they sit in their chauffeur-driven limousines – paid for by the taxpayer?”

However, Clegg was unfazed by the surprise call and was quick to respond on the issue, stating:

“I think we’ve actually cut the amount of tax payer money used to pay for minister cars by 70 per cent. Clearly ministers drive in cars – not all the time – but I think the fact we’ve cut the bill we inherited from Labour is a big step in the right direction.”

The Lib Dem leader went on to voice his agreement with the Mayor, stating that money needs to be found for infrastructure projects.

“Tell him to get out of his limo and get the infrastructure projects we are offering moving,” he told presenter Nick Ferrari.

As part of his weekly Call Clegg segment, the deputy prime minister was also quizzed on a wide range of topics including, the resignation of Chris Huhne, North Africa and the controversial mansion tax.


Image used courtesy of Chris Harvey /


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