How old is Boris Johnson, what has he said about Brexit and why did he resign as Foreign Secretary?

BORIS Johnson is one of Britain's most recognisable politicians and has now revealed he'll be standing in the next Conservative Party leadership contest.

He was previously the Mayor of London and Foreign Secretary and currently stands as the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. Here's how Boris rose to the top of British politics.

How old is Boris Johnson, who is he married to and is he getting divorced?

Boris, born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, is 54.

Known to the nation as BoJo, he married barrister Marina Wheeler in 1993 and the couple went on to have four children together.

In September 2018 The Sun exclusively revealed how their marriage was on the brink of collapse after Marina accused her husband of cheating on her.

The couple are now living apart and no longer spend time together socially as a pair.

On September 7, 2018, it was confirmed that the pair would divorce after 25 years of marriage.

Marina has thrown him out twice before — first in 2004 over his four-year affair with writer Petronella Wyatt, and then again in 2010 when he was suspected of having a lovechild with art consultant Helen ­Macintyre.

The latest love interest is believed to be Carrie Symonds – the former Conservatives' director of communications.

The 30-year-old PR expert and alleged party animal was spotted leaving a Tory dinner party with Boris.

Boris' daughter Lara, 25, is understood to have said Marina will "never take him back".

He met Marina, the daughter of journalist and broadcaster Sir Charles Wheeler, while the pair were at the European School of Brussels.

Boris has been married before.

In 1987 he wed Allegra Mostyn-Owen, the daughter of the art historian William Mostyn-Owen and the Italian writer Gaia Servadio. The marriage was dissolved in 1993.

Boris also has a daughter with art consultant Helen Macintyre.

Will Boris Johnson run for prime minister?

Boris has now said that "of course" he will stand in the next Conservative Party leadership contest.

The ex-Foreign Secretary will run when the Prime Minister quits, the BBC reports.

Speaking at a business event in Manchester, Mr Johnson said: "Of course I'm going to go for it."

The arch-Eurosceptic ex-London mayor was immediately installed as bookies' favourite to win the leadership race.

This is despite threats that MPs will storm out of the party if he does become the next PM.

Leading moderate Rory Stewart, the Prisons Minister, suggested he would quit if Mr Johnson adopted a hard Brexit strategy.

Asked if he could stay in the party under Boris, Mr Stewart told the BBC: "I would find that difficult if he were campaigning for a No Deal Brexit.

"Becoming a hard Brexit party isn't just about Brexit, it carries with it a whole series of statements about polarising extreme right-wing politics.

"I'd find it very difficult to stay, I'd have to look at what he was doing.

"The important thing is to have moral principles and for me the red line is campaigning for a No Deal Brexit."

What is Boris Johnson's constituency?

Boris returned to Parliament in 2015 after serving as the Mayor of London for eight years.

Previously he was the MP for Henley between 2001 and 2007.

He ran as the Conservative candidate in Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the 2015 General Election.

He was a leading force in the Leave campaign in the EU referendum in 2016.

After Prime Minister David Cameron resigned, Boris was expected to run for leader but after being betrayed by Michael Gove he dropped out of the race.

In the 2017 General Election, Mr Johnson retained his seat in Uxbridge and South Ruislip but his majority was slashed in half.

Why did Boris Johnson resign as Foreign Secretary?

Boris quit as Foreign Secretary on July 9 in a bitter blow to Theresa May's government.

He walked out just hours after she lost Brexit Secretary David Davis over plans to force through a soft Brexit.

The pair, both passionate Brexit supporters, walked out in the wake of the PM's Chequers agreement.

Since leaving Cabinet, the former journalist has regularly spoken out against the PM's Brexit plans and is widely speculated to be considering challenging her for the Tory leadership.

What did he say about burkas?

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Boris said the cover-all garment was "oppressive" – but added that Denmark had got it wrong to bring in a ban.

He wrote: "If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree.

"I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes."

And he added that "a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber" he would ask her to remove it to speak to her.

He was backed by a leading imam, who said in a letter to The Times that face veils pose security risks and subjugate women, and Mr Johnson had not gone far enough.

Comedian and free speech champion Rowan Atkinson also backed Mr Johnson, saying in a letter to The Times: "All jokes about religion cause offence, so it's pointless apologising for them."

A poll by Sky News found most Brits did not think what Mr Johnson said was racist, and Met chief Cressida Dick said the comment did not constitute a hate crime.

But the Tory party said he would be investigated for allegedly breaching the party's code of conduct.

He could be sent for diversity training or kicked out or suspended.

What did Boris say about Theresa May's Brexit plan?

BoJo claimed the PM's Brexit plan would wrap Britain in a "suicide vest" and give the detonator to Brussels.

But Tory rising star and former Army officer Tom Tugendhat, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, demanded Boris "grow up".

He said: "A suicide bomber murdered many in the courtyard of my office in Helmand. The carnage was disgusting — limbs and flesh hanging from trees and bushes.

"Comparing the PM to that isn't funny."

His comments have sparked a huge row within the Tory party as his allies fear he has undermined his own leadership plans with his outspoken views.

The former Foreign Secretary quit the Cabinet in protest at the PM's Brexit proposals which she hammered out at Chequers earlier this year.

What has former mistress Petronella Wyatt said about Boris’ character?

BoJo’s former mistress Petronella Wyatt has claimed he is a “loner” who has once moaned that “men should not be confined to one woman”.

She has previously written about how the larger-than-life ladies’ man is “inordinately proud of his Turkish ancestry” and claimed his “views on matters such as monogamy are decidedly Eastern”.

During their illicit affair, the author claims the MP said: “I find it genuinely unreasonable that men should be confined to one woman.”

She said: “Like many loners, he has a compensating need to be liked.”

Petronella added that Boris will do “anything to avoid an argument” which often results in him lying to his loved ones.

Despite his inordinate success with women, she claims Boris is not vain and “regards himself as rather ugly” relying on his charm to seduce the opposite sex.

Who are Boris Johnson's siblings?

Boris, 54, has two younger brothers and a younger sister.

Sister Rachel Johnson is a journalist and author who starred in Celebrity Big Brother in January 2018.

Brother Leo is a partner specialising in sustainability at accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Jo Johnson is Minister of State for Universities and Science and Conservative MP for Orpington.

They are the children of former MEP and environmental campaigner Stanley Johnson who starred in I'm A Celebrity in 2017 – and the painter Charlotte Johnson Wahl.

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