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Boris Johnson ‘should apologise’ to Liverpool over Beatles claims

Boris Johnson shows he has a musical side with musician Newton Faulkner (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images) Boris Johnson shows he has a musical side with musician Newton Faulkner (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Friday, January 3, 2014
2:46 PM

Boris Johnson should apologise to Liverpool for claiming London was responsible for the Beatles’ huge success, according to the northern city’s mayor Joe Anderson.

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The Tory made his questionable comments during a speech at the London School of Economics in December.

It is not the first time he has offended Liverpool after he criticised its residents for the way they reacted to the Hillsborough disaster and their grief over the beheading of Ken Bigley in Iraq.

His latest comments are sure to repulse many Liverpudlians, who are fiercely proud of their Beatles’ heritage.

Speaking at the London School of Economics, Boris said: “The greatest band in the world came from Liverpool. But in the end they recorded their stuff in London and it was London that helped propel them around the world.”

According to the Liverpool Echo, Mr Anderson has now demanded an apology. He said: “Boris has already made a fool of himself with comments about Liverpool – both on Hillsborough and in accusing the city of “wallowing in pity” for holding a memorial service for British hostage Ken Bigley, who was beheaded in Iraq. These were obviously more serious issues than popular music, but nevertheless it’s another embarrassing gaffe by him, which he’ll have to apologise for.”

The Mayor of London’s office has been asked for a comment.

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