Protesters call Boris Johnson ‘liar’ a day after he halts bid to be PM

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:40 GMT, Jul 1, 2016 |

 A group of protesters on Friday (July 1) chanted: ‘Liar, liar, pants on fire’, outside the house of former London mayor Boris Johnson a day after he abruptly pulled out of the race to become Britain’s prime minister that he was once favoured to win, upending the contest less than a week after he led a campaign to take the country out of the EU.

Johnson’s announcement, to audible gasps from a roomful of journalists and supporters on Thursday, was the biggest political surprise since Prime Minister David Cameron quit after losing last week’s referendum on British membership of the bloc.

“What happened yesterday, just exemplifies how selfish the politicians have been. It’s not really for the better of the people but for their own careers and so we’re here today to call out the lies that the campaign’s led,” said medical student Jacob Levi protesting outside Johnson’s London townhouse.

“It’s astonishing that he is no longer going ahead for leadership of the Conservative Party. I think he has created an enormous mess and is now just turning his back on it,” said self-employed garden designer Tom Clayton.