Boris Johnson: Tories must ‘smash down’ barriers to social mobility

Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch are an Old Etonian and Old Harrovian respectively

Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch are an Old Etonian and Old Harrovian respectively Britain will no longer "tolerate" the growing gap between the rich and the poor unless the Conservatives "smash down" the barriers to social mobility, Boris Johnson has said.

The Mayor of London said it was wrong that professional jobs were dominated by people from middle class backgrounds, highlighting the recent competition between Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch – both privately educated – for an Oscar.

He said that it had been "decades since we had a culture of bright kids from poor backgrounds who exuberantly burst down the […]