Boris Johnson offers to change his name for £100million

19:43 03 September 2013

The Mayor of London chats to callers on Ask Boris once a month. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

The Mayor of London chats to callers on Ask Boris once a month. Picture: Ian West/PA Wire

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The Mayor of London today pledged he would change his name to Barclays Johnson if the bank - which supports the capital’s cycle hire scheme - gave London “another £100million”.

Barclays Cycle Hire is the official name for the scheme which allows people to rent bikes in central London, more commonly known as “Boris Bikes”.

On his monthly call-in show on LBC 97.3 this morning, Boris Johnson was asked by presenter Nick Ferrari why he never refers to the cycles using their more popular moniker.

The Mayor of London replied: “As I said to Barclays, if they give us another £50million for the hire bikes I’ll change my name by deed poll to Barclays Johnson.”

“Well, £100milion. If they give us another £100million for the hire bike scheme, I have promised I will change my name to Barclays Johnson.”

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