A Catholic mother from London, who was previously supported by Boris Johnson when he was Mayor of London, says she is “quite excited” by his election as the new Prime Minister.
Mr Johnson will become the new British Prime Minister after defeating Jeremy Hunt in a Conservative leadership election.
Margaret Mizen and her husband Barry made headlines in 2008 when they publicly forgave their son Jimmy’s killer.
Mrs Mizen said: “I’m quite excited that he is going to be our new prime minister. I feel he will get “things done” and we need leadership in these troubling times.”
Jimmy Mizen bled to death in a bakery in South East London after Jake Fahri threw an oven dish at him. Boris Johnson was Mayor of London at the time.
“Boris became Mayor of London the same week Jimmy was killed and was very supportive,“ she said.
Mr Johnson backed the Mizens in establishing the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, a charity which strives to make young people safer by working alongside schools, businesses and community leaders.
Mr Johnson also supported the Mizen family’s “100 days for peace” campaign in 2012 during the Olympic Games in London. He said at the time: “What the Mizen family are doing is fantastic. It’s about getting youngsters to help each other.”
Mrs Mizen acknowledged that Mr Johnson’s election divides opinion.
“I appreciate not everyone will agree with me, but thankfully we live in a democracy that allows free speech,” she said.
“I didn’t feel any of the other candidates gave me any confidence to lead us.”
Whilst she hopes “he will listen to the ordinary people and work on their concerns”, she believes there is no guarantee that Mr Johnson will succeed as Prime Minister.
“I suppose it’s a case of wait and see,” she said.
“We might just be surprised, so I wish him all the very best from a very non-political viewpoint.”
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