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Boris Johnson MP

Boris Johnson MP

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First broadcast: Sun 30 Oct 2005

Politician - Conservative, Journalist

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the politician and journalist Boris Johnson. He is one of the most popular and unpredictable MPs on the Conservative party benches and, under his editorship, the weekly magazine The Spectator sells more copies than ever before.

After Eton and Oxford he made his name as a journalist working for the Daily Telegraph in Brussels. His incisive reports about the future of Europe caused a furore at home and abroad - he claims one of his articles changed the course of European history - and, on returning to London, he hoovered up a number of awards, including columnist of the year and political commentator of the year. But it has not always been plain sailing. His critics say he cannot answer to two masters - and he must choose between politics and journalism - Boris doesn't necessarily agree!

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

The Beatles

1.

The Beatles

Here Comes the Sun

Performer: The Beatles

Others who chose this artist

Booker T. & The MG’s

2.

Booker T. & The MG’s

Soul Limbo (Sig. Tune For Test Match Special)

Performer: Booker T. & The MG’s

Others who chose this artist

Johann Sebastian Bach

3.

Johann Sebastian Bach

St Matthew Passion - Ich will hier bei dir stehen

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

Others who chose this artist

The Rolling Stones

4.

The Rolling Stones

Start Me Up

Performer: The Rolling Stones

Others who chose this artist

Johannes Brahms

5.

Castaway's favourite

Johannes Brahms

Variations on the St Antoni Chorale - finale

Composer: Johannes Brahms

Others who chose this artist

Van Morrison

6.

Van Morrison

Brown Eyed Girl

Performer: Van Morrison

Others who chose this artist

The Clash

7.

The Clash

Pressure Drop

Performer: The Clash

Others who chose this artist

Ludwig van Beethoven

8.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 5 in C minor - 4th movement

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

Others who chose this artist

Book

Homer - an Indian paper edition (to translate) by

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Large pot of French mustard

Others who chose a similar luxury

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