UK Politics

Rival DJ Boris a slacker, says Clegg

Nick Clegg and Boris Johnson composite
Image caption The rival DJs do not always see eye to eye

Nick Clegg has joked that London's mayor should be known as "Slacker Johnson", for agreeing to do a radio phone-in monthly rather than weekly.

Boris Johnson is to follow in Mr Clegg's footsteps by hosting a phone-in radio show on London station LBC.

But the deputy prime minister, who hosts a weekly show, said that he was not impressed the mayor had signed up for just one a month.

"I want to see Slacker Johnson every week," he joked during the phone-in.

Ask Boris will begin on 2 July and will be a 45-minute morning show - as with Call Clegg it will be co-hosted by presenter Nick Ferrari.

But unlike Call Clegg it will be a monthly show. The Lib Dem leader said on his 30-minute show on Thursday: "I'm going to call him Slacker Johnson from now on. He's only on once a month.

"If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery I'm delighted he is trying to follow in my footsteps, but he should put the hours in."

During the Eastleigh by-election in February Mr Johnson had his own dig at the deputy PM, saying the Lib Dems were "wobbling jellies of indecision and vacillation, especially Clegg".