Mayor of London made claims during speech at the London School of Economics

Boris Johnson has claimed that it was London, not Liverpool, that propelled The Beatles to international fame and success.

The Mayor of London, who was forced to apologise to the people of Liverpool in 2004 after he wrote a controversial article for The Spectator about Liverpool FC and the Hillsborough disaster, made his claims about The Fab Four in a speech he gave at the London School of Economics.

The Mirror reports that the Tory Mayor gave a speech entitled ‘London, the gateway to Britain’ in which he 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.”

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson responded to Johnson’s claims in the same paper, saying: “This is becoming a bore now from Boris. It’s yet another gaffe from him about Liverpool. He’s been forced to apologise before over Hillsborough and Ken Bigley, and he’s got this very wrong too.

Anderson continues: “George Martin produced the albums, Lennon and McCartney wrote the songs and Hamburg played the next biggest role, after Liverpool, in the Beatles development. This is typical Tory posturing. They’ll probably claim next they were backing Nelson Mandela all the way.”

Johnson has yet to respond to the criticism of his comments.