January 2, 2014 11:55

Mayor of Liverpool demands apology from Boris Johnson over Beatles comments

Mayor of London claimed that London played a bigger part in band's huge success than their native Liverpool

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The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has branded Boris Johnson a "fool" over comments the Mayor of London made about The Beatles.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson claimed that it was the capital, not Liverpool, that propelled The Beatles to international fame and success during a controversial speech given in December at the London School of Economics.

Responding to the claim in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally, Anderson says that Johnson's comments were "beyond ludicrous" and adds that he was "amazed" when he heard what had been said about The Beatles.

Anderson demands an apology from Johnson, stating: "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."

Johnson 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.

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

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