Grinning Boris Johnson looks weak in LBC interview, says body language expert

Boris Johnson looked weak and like he wanted to escape LBC interview, according to body language expert Judi James

Boris Johnson was ‘weak’ and wanted to ‘escape’ as he was grilled on pictures taken with girlfriend Carrie Symonds that emerged earlier this week. The would-be prime minister rebuffed all attempts by LBC radio host Nick Ferrari to say when and where the pictures – released after police were called to a ‘row’ at Ms Symond’s flat – were taken. According to body language expert Judi James, Boris was ‘clearly made uneasy’ during the excruciating interview, where he refused 26 times to answer questions relating to the ‘loved up’ photographs. She said the Tory frontrunner ‘twists and turns’ throughout the grilling, despite saying his private life is ‘not a state secret’. He told Mr Ferrari: ‘It’s just something I don’t want to get into. Why should I?’ He even laughs at one point when the host asks if Boris is even in the pictures, asking him: ‘Is it Ed Sheeran?’ Judi told ‘With his words and his body language he throws up several rather weak fightback hand gestures in what looks like a bid to get Nick to get off the topic. Boris Johnson on LBC Radio today. ? Jeremy Selwyn / Evening Standard / eyevine Contact eyevine for more information about using this image: T: +44 (0) 20 8709 8709 E:

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‘His pose on the lead-up is splayed, confident and cavalier, with one arm on the desk and the other hand on the chair with the elbow out. ‘His first line of defense when asked about the shots is his usual charm and humour bluster. ‘He grins and mock-fences with Nick, using a pen baton in a bid to regain control. ‘He seems to enjoy the chance to laugh at Nick’s Ed Sheeran comment but when his mouth closes his tongue appears to be poking slightly between his teeth which can be a gesture or dislike or rejection.’ At one point, it appeared as though Boris might walk out of the interview altogether. Judi said: ‘As Nick persists with the question Boris closes his eyes momentarily and shakes his head in a cut-off ritual before splaying his hands out.

Conservative party leadership candidate Boris Johnson taking part in a radio interview with Nick Ferrari at LBC in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 25, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Tories. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Boris’ gestures become more based on “fight”. He uses the thumb of power and a stabbing pointed finger. ‘When Nick says the pictures are ‘not recent’ Boris makes his most dramatic ‘escape’ response, turning to his left in his chair with his eyes looking round like a boxer looking for his seconds. ‘He then throws his hands into the air before pushing his body up by the chair arms as though about to leave.’ His hands, balled into fists at the end of the grilling, suggest Boris is ‘trying to fight his way out’, Judi said. ‘He seems torn between fighting and submission.’ Boris and Carrie are seen together for first time since police row as friends dismiss rumours of split and insist ‘they are very much in love and want to get married as soon as time is right’ Boris Johnson, 55, and girlfriend Carrie Symonds, 31, have fled their home after activists set up camp outside But the couple have been pictured holding hands and smiling at a table in the Sussex countryside yesterday A friend said: ‘The truth is they love each other very much and want to get married as soon as the time is right’ A recording of them having an explosive row inside their south London love nest has dented his PM hopes Since then ‘class war’ anarchists have descended on his flat saying Boris isn’t welcome in Camberwell Now the couple cannot return home and have moved to a secret UK location as he fights to become next PM Jacob Rees-Mogg called the couple who called police and recorded the row ‘Corbynista curtain twitchers’ The picture of Boris and Carrie that was sent to the press has been accused of being a fake Mandatory Credit: Photo by Guy Bell/REX (10302955w) Carrie Symonds Boris Johnson leadership campaign launch, London, UK – 12 Jun 2019 Carrie Symonds pictured after allegations of a ‘screaming row’ at her flat (Picture: Rex) The police were called to the flat Mr Johnson shares with Ms Symonds in the early hours of Friday morning to reports of a ‘screaming row’. Neighbours said they heard plates smashing and Ms Symonds saying ‘get off me, get out’ during the argument. Officers arrived and found there were ‘no offences or concerns’ and said there was no need for police action. But for the past four days, the MP has refused to answer questions about the incident, saying he does not want to drag family or loved ones into the spotlight.

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