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BORIS JOHNSON - MP Uxbridge & South Ruislip



The former Mayor of London kept his job at the Foreign Office after the election. Despite hints from some of the newspapers that Boris Johnson, 52, seeks the top job, he has categorically dismissed such claims - but then made a play for premiership when Theresa May was on the ropes, finally being voted Prime Minister amidst the Brexit fiasco.


In the wake of June's shock election result, Mr Johnson said that while the public would be wondering about the future of the current government, Mrs May had got the biggest Conservative mandate anyone had achieved for decades.


Boris is quoted as saying: "I'm going to be backing her, and absolutely everybody I'm talking to is going to be backing her as well.


What we would like to know is where Mr Johnson stands on homelessness, affordable housing and climate change. As the former mayor of our capital that is congested beyond belief and smog laden at times, of all people, Boris should know that air quality is dependent on efficient transport networks. How about charging points for electric vehicles. What is the score on those?





As to plans to re-float the Royal Yacht Britannia, what about the pollution from the old gal? She's already steamed a million miles using her two Pametrada steam turbines that develop 12,000 hp (8,900 kW) for a speed of 21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph) and a range per fill up of 2,400 nautical miles (4,400 km). Britannia burns heavy diesel oil to fire her drum water tube boilers that were built by Foster Wheeler. Bunker fuel is stored in her 510,000 gallon fuel tanks, meaning that she uses 212.5 gallons per nautical mile. This would equate to 231,119,887 million gallons of diesel was released into the atmosphere as greenhouse gases to fuel global warming, just to host a few business meetings and royal weddings. Wow! Who are the climate criminals? It would be madness to allow that sort of pollution to continue, and please note that these are ballpark estimates based on very sparse technical details about Britannia (that may not be accurate). Perhaps then, Boris and his patriotic investors may want to put that in their pipe (dreams) and smoke it. Read more on Chris Grayling's plan for a cleaner British fleet in Maritime 2050.





THE SUN 16 SEPTEMBER 2016 - BREXIT MEANS BRITANNIA Tories want Royal Yacht to rule the waves again and drum up post-Brexit trade as a floating embassy


BORIS Johnson is investigating recommissioning the Royal Yacht Britannia as a “great symbol of global Britain”, The Sun can reveal.

The Queen’s private yacht was decommissioned in 1997, but now senior Tories want to bring it back as a floating Embassy to drum up post-Brexit trade around the world.

Conservative MP Jake Berry said: “In her latter years Britannia is estimated to have brought in £3 billion of commercial trade deals between 1991 and 1995.

“During those profitable years, she hosted business figures from across the globe for ‘sea days’ — on board trade talks.”

Mr Berry is calling a debate in Parliament on the issue next month, and has already presented his plans to the Foreign Secretary.

FCO sources have confirmed that they are looking into it, and a friend of Mr Johnson told The Sun: “Boris is certainly intrigued by the idea Jake has floated.





“Britannia is a great symbol of global Britain.”

However Britannia is currently moored in the Port of Leith, Scotland as a popular visitor attraction after 40 years of service to the Royal Family.

It is part of the National Historic Fleet and cared for by the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust.

Pals of the Foreign Secretary say they are currently looking at the plans “in more detail” and conducting a feasibility study.

The Royal Yacht would be relaunched through private donations with no cost to the taxpayer, under the proposed plans.

If it is not possible to recommission the old vessel — which sailed more than a million miles — contingency plans would see the Queen gifted a new yacht.

In 2012 ex-PM David Cameron backed the idea of a new Royal yacht.

The plan was the brainchild of Rear Admiral David Bawtree and would have cost £60 million.

At the time £10 million was pledged by wealthy Canadian financiers and an unnamed £5m private donation.

Mr Berry told The Sun: “Recommissioning Britannia will undoubtedly be denounced as a vanity project by naysayers, but it could bring in billions of pounds’ worth of trade deals for post Brexit Britain.”

“On one commercial ‘sea day’, held on board in the Bay of Naples in 1980, £500 million of business was secured on behalf of the City of London.”

“A Royal invitation to conduct business aboard the most exclusive yacht in the world made it hard for even the most successful business people to resist.”

He added: “Bringing back Britannia would be a powerful and symbolic message to the world.”

MPs will debate the “reintroduction of the Royal Yacht Britannia for the purpose of international trade” on Tuesday 11 October.


16 April 1953: Britannia was launched from John Brown’s Shipyard in Clydebank by HM The Queen.

11 January 1954: HMY Britannia commissioned into the Royal Navy.

1954 - 1997: Sailed on 696 foreign visits and 272 visits in British waters racking up 1,087,623 nautical miles.

1 July 1997: Last trip sailing Prince Charles home after handing back Hong Kong to the Chinese.

20 October 1997: HMY Britannia left Portsmouth on her farewell tour around the UK.

11 December 1997: Decommissioned by New Labour government.

May 1998 - 2016: Docked in Edinburgh as a tourist attraction.







Boris calls for return of Royal Yacht Britannia as floating embassy to drum up billions of pounds of post-Brexit global trade deals.

The Queen’s private yacht could be turned into a ‘floating embassy’ to help increase trade around the world in the wake of Brexit.

It is understood Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is considering returning the Royal Yacht Britannia to the waves as a ‘great symbol of global Britain’.

The ship, which entered service in 1954 and was decommissioned in 1997, previously hosted trade talks in the early 90s that reportedly brought in billions of pounds to the economy.

Conservative MP Jake Berry will call for a debate in Parliament on the plan next month and according to The Sun he has already spoken to Mr Johnson about it.

A source close to the Foreign Secretary told the paper: ‘Boris is certainly intrigued by the idea Jake has floated. Britannia is a great symbol of global Britain.’

Mr Berry added: ‘In her latter years Britannia is estimated to have brought in £3 billion of commercial trade deals between 1991 and 1995.

‘During those profitable years, she hosted business figures from across the globe for ‘sea days’ — on board trade talks.’

Mr Berry said a £500million was ‘secured on behalf of the City of London’ aboard Britannia in 1980 while she was in the Bay of Naples, and added business leaders would be ‘unable to resist’ the opportunity to discuss proposals aboard the exclusive yacht.

Since her retirement, Britannia has been moored in the Port of Leith in Edinburgh and has served as a tourist attraction.

The steam-propelled yacht spent 43 years in the service of the Royal Family and sailed more than one million nautical miles around the world.

The ship is cared for by charity the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust and attracts around 300,000 visitors each year.

It is understood the plans to recommission her would be funded by private donations and not the taxpayers.

The Mail previously campaigned for the creation of a new royal yacht to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, with then prime minister David Cameron backing the £60million idea.

MPs will debate the new plans on October 11 with a feasibility study also to be conducted.






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