Boris Johnson has been mocked by his sister Rachel after claiming ‘too often’ English was not being spoken as a first language.

Author and journalist Ms Johnson said she did not know what her brother was talking about, because ‘we spoke ancient Greek at home’.

The would-be prime minister’s comments were aimed at immigrants, saying he wanted them to ‘feel British’ and learn English.

Author and journalist Rachel Johnson (pictured as she attends a campaign rally fro Change UK at Bath Cricket Club on May 16) said she did not know what her brother was talking about, because ‘we spoke ancient Greek at home’

Boris Johnson’s (pictured) comments were aimed at immigrants, saying he wanted them to ‘feel British’ and learn English

But he had already been criticised by Welsh and Gaelic-speaking politicians for his remarks before his sister’s intervention.

Ms Johnson tweeted: ‘We spoke Ancient Greek at home I genuinely don’t know what he’s on about.’

The Tory leadership hopeful made the remarks at a hustings in Darlington on Friday.

Ms Johnson tweeted: ‘We spoke Ancient Greek at home I genuinely don’t know what he’s on about’

Boris says immigrants must speak English 

Boris Johnson said on Friday English was ‘too often’ not the first language of immigrants in some parts of the country.

He highlighted the way Bangladeshis and Jewish refugees had ‘adapted and they have made their lives and they have helped to make our national culture’.

‘That’s what I want for our country, I want everybody who comes here and makes their lives here to be and to feel British,’ he said.

‘That’s the most important thing. And to learn English.

‘Too often there are parts of our country and parts of London still and other cities as well where English is not spoken by some people as their first language, and that needs to be changed and people need to be allowed to take part in the economy and in society in the way that that shared experience would allow.’

He said: ‘I want everybody who comes here and makes their lives here to be and to feel British, that’s the most important thing, and to learn English.

‘And too often there are parts of our country, and parts of London still and other cities as well, where English is not spoken by some people as their first language, and that needs to be changed and people need to be allowed to take part in the economy and in society in the way that that shared experience would allow.’

Mr Johnson highlighted Bangladeshis and Jewish refugees as examples of how to adapt, saying they ‘have made their lives and have helped to make our national culture’.

Gaelic-speaking SNP MP Angus MacNeil said on Twitter: ‘Boris is just moronic and clueless.’

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds added: ‘Here in Wales, we know that not speaking English as your first language is no barrier to having a thriving community.’

It came as he also admitted he would be much richer if he wasn’t a politician – as he insisted his gaffes are a good thing.

He said quite often a ‘gaffe’ was actually a result of telling the ‘unvarnished’ truth about issues.

Mr Johnson was also challenged during the hustings about what he had sacrificed for the good of the country.

Despite having earned large sums from corporate speeches and newspaper columns while an MP, Mr Johnson – who is in the throes of divorcing his second wife – said: ‘It is absolutely possible to make more money by not being in full time politics.’

Boris Johnson mocked by sister Rachel over demands for immigrants to learn English

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