The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, will join the cast of the one of the UK’s most popular soaps, Eastenders, for a one-off appearance tonight. However the Conservative mayor’s soap opera debut has sparked fury from Labour party politicians who are accusing Eastenders of political bias after an offer from the former Labour mayor, Ken Livingstone, to appear on the show was rejected.
Labour politicians are furious that Boris Johnson has been allowed to take part in the BBC show which attracts 8 million viewers. Ken Livingstone approached the programme during his second term as mayor about the possibility of him having a walk-on part to highlight a recycling campaign, however the BBC bosses turned him down saying it would be “too political.”
Boris’s appearance is particularly timely too as it comes just days before the Conservative Party Conference is due to begin. It’s also another blow for Labour as The Sun announced yesterday that they would be withdrawing their support from the Labour, the party whom they had supported since 1997.
The BBC is standing by its decision to allow Boris to join the soap for the day, a statement issued by the BBC said: “Boris Johnson makes a cameo appearance in EastEnders as part of the storyline where Peggy Mitchell stands as an independent candidate in a fictional local election. His appearance is compatible both with BBC editorial guidelines and the principle of due impartiality.”