‘No better ally than Britain!’ MP issues warning to Biden after Churchill bust removed

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However, Downing Street has sidestepped criticism of the newly installed President, merely stating that the decision was one for Mr Biden alone. The statue loaned from the UK was reinstalled in the Oval Office by Donald Trump, having been previously removed by Barack Obama, but it is no longer on display after Mr Biden, who is of Irish heritage, was inaugurated on Wednesday.

Winston Churchill more than any other politician personifies what acting together can achieve by UK and US

Daniel Kawczynski

Daniel Kawczynski, Tory MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham, told Express.co.uk: “The new administration has stated that there is no closer ally for the US than Britain.

“Winston Churchill more than any other politician personifies what acting together can achieve by UK and US.

“I hope his bust will always have a special place in the White House to symbolise this partnership between us.”

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson controversially raised the issue in 2016, claiming Mr Obama’s decision “was a symbol of the part-Kenyan president’s ancestral dislike of the British Empire”.

However, a Downing Street spokesman said today: “The Oval Office is the president’s private office and it’s up to the president to decorate it as he wishes.

“We’re in no doubt of the importance that president Biden places on the UK and US relationship and the Prime Minister looks forward to having a close relationship with him.”Angela

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Mr Johnson was London mayor, during the EU referendum, when he criticised Mr Obama’s move after the then-president backed the Remain campaign.

Mr Obama insisted he ha moved the bust of Britain’s wartime leader to a prominent spot outside his private office of his official residence, adding: “I love Winston Churchill.

“There are only so many tables where you can put busts otherwise it starts looking a little cluttered.”

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Busts of civil rights activists Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, as well as labour leader Cesar Chevez, are now among those situated in the world-famous room.

Mr Johnson is keen to forge close links with Mr Biden, with concerns that his support for Brexit and Mr Trump could create friction.

He will hope he secures an early phone call with Mr Biden following his inauguration, although conversations are likely to start with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau tomorrow.

Mr Johnson was early among the list of leaders to speak to the Democrat after his electoral triumph over Mr Trump, but No 10 was unable to say when their next call will be.

The Prime Minister declared “there’s nothing wrong with being woke” after shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy described Mr Biden as a “woke guy” who defends trans rights and the Black Lives Matter movement as she eyed the Democrat as a potential model for Labour’s campaigning.

Speaking to Sky News yesterday, he said: “Obviously it’s the job of all UK prime ministers that have a close working relationship with the president of the United States.

“And actually, when you look at what unites me and Joe Biden, there is a fantastic joint united agenda.

“It’s a fantastic thing for America, for a country that’s been through a bumpy period and for us and America, it’s a big moment.

“We’ve got things we want to do together, we’ve got to bounce back from Covid together.

When asked whether he thought Mr Biden was woke, the Prime Minister added: “I can’t possibly comment on that.”

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