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Boris Johnson joked about ‘amply-proportioned’ and ‘starch-bosomed’ nurses in old columns

Boris Johnson joked about ‘amply-proportioned’ and ‘starch-bosomed’ nurses in newly-unearthed columns.

Labour demanded the Prime Minister apologise for his old feedback about girls, simply as anger mounts at his 1% pay rise for NHS employees.

In a 1995 column in the Spectator, he wrote about the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) scrapping its no-strike clause.

“An amply proportioned nurse called Diana Mark-Maran summed up the mood by shrilling: ‘We can bring the system down’,” he wrote.

Describing the power of public assist for nurses, he added: “To the average Tory MP, the nurses are ministering angels with watches on their starched bosoms, to be handled like a cup of warm gelignite: the nurses, that is.” Gelignite is an explosive jelly.



The future PM used eyebrow-raising phrases to explain nurses (file photograph)

But Mr Johnson urged Tory ministers to push by means of native pay and situations towards the union’s will anyway – and recommended a 3% pay rise provide on the time was “rather generous”.

Comparing then-RCN chief Christine Hancock to miners’ union chief Arthur Scargill, he wrote: “[She] is probably perfectly charming, though I don’t think I’d want to see her bearing down on my bed with a brimming syringe.”

Mr Johnson additionally wrote about nurses’ breasts once more 9 years later, when complaining in the Telegraph in 2004 about privileged left-wingers who boast about the NHS being a socialist project whereas getting beneficial remedy by the again door.

They say “how maahvellous it was that the duke and dustman were treated alike in our glorious New Jerusalem, watching the same TV, eating the same spotted dick, attended by the same starch-bosomed nurses”, the longer term PM wrote.

Mr Johnson’s previous feedback confronted scrutiny this week after he known as for a “cultural and social change” in attitudes to girls.



The Prime Minister has so far resisted calls for an NHS staff pay rise of more than 1%
The Prime Minister has to date resisted requires an NHS employees pay rise of greater than 1%

His Press Secretary urged Brits to look at his “strong record” – which incorporates old columns describing girls as “totty”, branding single mums’ kids “ill-raised and aggressive” and urging his successor to pat a colleague on the behind.

He additionally in contrast Hillary Clinton to a “sadistic nurse in a mental hospital” in a 2007 article.

After being proven the feedback by the Mirror, Labour deputy chief Angela Rayner mentioned: “Boris Johnson’s disdain for women, our NHS and nurses is crystal clear.

“Supposedly throwaway feedback like this are a part of the identical on a regular basis sexism and day by day undermining of ladies by males that infects our society, and underpins the abuse that so many ladies face.

“If the Prime Minister is listening, as the claims he is, then he must apologise for the disgusting way he has talked about women in the past.

“Then we are able to talk about tips on how to carry an finish to the hate and misogyny that makes us really feel unsafe.”



Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said:
Labour deputy chief Angela Rayner mentioned: “Boris Johnson’s disdain for women, our NHS and nurses is crystal clear”

Asked if the Prime Minister regretted his remarks or had modified his views, Downing Street declined to remark.

It got here because the RCN piled recent strain on Mr Johnson to rethink a deliberate 1% pay rise for NHS employees – and increase it to 12.5%.

General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair instructed nursing activists: “I’m appealing directly to Boris Johnson today to think back 12 months.

“He told the country it was two nurses who stood guard for 48 hours and made lifesaving interventions.

“How would he feel if he saw them now? They stood by you, now stand by them.”

Mr Johnson has hinted he may rethink the 1% pay rise if a evaluation physique recommends a extra beneficiant provide later this spring.

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