Boris Johnson has said he does not agree with sentiments expressed by the former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott after widespread concern that past misogynistic and homophobic comments would make him unfit to represent the UK as a trade adviser. ‘I don’t agree with everyone who serves the government in an unpaid capacity,’ Johnson said, shortly before Abbott’s appointment to the UK’s board of trade was confirmed. However, he added: ‘This is a guy who was elected by the people of the great liberal democratic nation of Australia.’ When asked what his fiancée, Carrie Symonds, thought of Abbott, Johnson replied: ‘Pass’
Former Australian PM Tony Abbott confirmed as UK trade adviser
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