The Shadow Labour Minister made the comments on BBC Question Time in Tottenham. The comments came in response to an audience member asking if bookies favourite for Tory leader Mr Johnson was unbeatable after securing 160 votes from MPs in the fifth ballot. The North West Durham MP said: “I think amongst the selectors and the Tory members, he is unbeatable, but I would also say he is deplorable, he is fuelled by racism, he is fuelled by homophobia.”
The 31-year-old claimed Mr Johnson had said an investigation into historic sexual abuse was: “spaffing money against the wall” and asked: “Is that person really fit to run our country?”
Mr Johnson had courted controversy after saying women wearing burqas looked like “letterboxes” last year and using the term “piccaninnies” to describe black people in 2002.
Fellow panellist Kwasi Kwarteng said Mr Johnson had received accusations of that nature during his London Mayoral campaign in 2008, which he won and was reelected in 2012 despite the Tories being 17 points behind Ed Miliband led Labour in the polls: “He won, he was a successful Mayor.”
When Ms Pidcock pointed out Mr Kwarteng had not responded to her accusations of racism, he insisted Mr Johnson had: “Good, diverse policies, which meant his Mayoral team reflected the communities this city represents.”
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He also described the former Foreign Secretary of being “extremely proud” of multiculturalism in the city.
Boris Johnson had in debates for leadership pointed out his paternal great grandfather was Turkish Muslim journalist Ali Kemal and his maternal great grandfather was Elias Avery Lowe, a Russian Jewish immigrant to New York City.
Though Mr Johnson did not vote on legalising same-sex marriage as he was not an MP at the time, in 2003 he voted to repeal a ban on promoting homosexuality in schools and voted yes on the Civil Partnership Bill the following year.
Mr Johnson will face his successor in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Jeremy Hunt in a ballot of the 160,000 or so Tory members.
The winner is expected to be announced in the week beginning July 22nd, with Theresa May remaining as Prime Minister and acting party leader until then.
Though Mr Johnson is the bookies favourite and Mr Hunt acknowledged he was the underdog, the bookies favourite at the start of the leadership election has only once actually won the contest since formal elections were held for leadership.
This was in 2003 when Michael Howard was elected uncontested.
The Tories would go onto lose the next general election in 2005 but did gain 32 extra seats than in 2001 before Mr Howard resigned.