Boris Johnson reveals the five women who have inspired him the most: From ...

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed the five women who have inspired him the most throughout his lifetime from a singer-songwriter to a Celtic queen and even his own grandmother 'Granny Butter'.

Speaking in a revealing interview to mark International Women's Day on Sunday 8 March, the 55-year-old praised the women who shaped him into the leader he has become today.

Mr Johnson today declared that he would take paternity leave when his partner Carrie Symonds has their first child this summer but failed to mention his girlfriend in the list, or even his ex-wife Marina Wheeler. 

The leader of the Conservative Party told Grazia magazine why men in suits should listen to women such as brave Malala Yousafz and claimed there was no dinner quite like his grandmother's 'Uncle Ben's rice with tomato, onion and tuna fish'.

He added that it was hard to chose five women and also reeled off names such as Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi and the Queen as women who inspired him but didn't quite make the cut. 

Boris Johnson (pictured above today at a news conference in London) revealed the five women who have inspired him most during his lifetime

Boris Johnson (pictured above today at a news conference in London) revealed the five women who have inspired him most during his lifetime

Carrie Symonds announced at the weekend that she and Boris Johnson are having a baby and are engaged. Mr Johnson didn't mention her or his ex-wife as women he found inspirational

Carrie Symonds announced at the weekend that she and Boris Johnson are having a baby and are engaged. Mr Johnson didn't mention her or his ex-wife as women he found inspirational

Malala Yousafzai 

The Prime Minister's first entry on his list of women who shaped his life is Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.  

Now 22-years-old, Malala shot to prominence on the global stage when she defied odds in her home country Pakistan.

At the age of 11 the youngster teamed up with the BBC in order to tell the wider world what life had been like in the Taliban-occupied territory.

The Taliban defied girls going to school and Malala had campaigned for her right to education. 

In October 2012 she was shot in the head and soon transported to the UK where she was given treatment. She made a recovery and has since gone on to study at Oxford University. 

On meeting Malala in 2014 Mr Johnson said: 'She was so brave, so right and so luminously idealistic that I could see I was in the presence of an every day saint'.

He added that Malala had made a 'huge difference' and said that 'Men in suits' should listen to her.

Mr Johnson praised Malala for the work she had done for young girls everywhere with her international foundation and her campaign for female education.

Malala (above in Australia in 2018) shot to prominence on the global stage when she defied odds in her home country Pakistan

Malala (above in Australia in 2018) shot to prominence on the global stage when she defied odds in her home country Pakistan

Yvonne Eileen Irene Williams aka Granny Butter

Next on the list was none other than Mr Johnson's own grandmother, Yvonne Eileen Irene Williams. 

The Prime Minister said the main reason he wanted to include his grandmother was because of her 'sheer unconquerable optimism'.

He praised the way she lived on a rainy Exmoor hill farm that had no electricity and said she had the 'greatest human gift of all: of being overjoyed to see you'.

'It didn't matter what you had done, 'Darling', she would cry 'how wonderful to see you'.

Mr Johnson added that Granny Butter would create sofa games for the children and would create 'special food for them'.

Unconquerable optimism: Granny Butter, with her beloved dogs, standing at the kitchen window on her farm in Exmoor

Unconquerable optimism: Granny Butter, with her beloved dogs, standing at the kitchen window on her farm in Exmoor

Boris Johnson's family pictured in the garden of their Exmoor home in 1960's. From left his grandfather Johnny, Birdie, his father Stanley, Granny Butter, known as Buster and Peter with Hilary in the front

Boris Johnson's family pictured in the garden of their Exmoor home in 1960's. From left his grandfather Johnny, Birdie, his father Stanley, Granny Butter, known as Buster and Peter with Hilary in the front

Boudicca 

Not one to shy away from the champions of history, Mr Johnson placed Boudicca third on the list.

Born in 30D she was a queen of the British Celtic Iceni tribe and is famed for leading an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.

Championing this strong woman, Mr Johnson said nothing would let Boudicca get in the way of attacking those who did her wrong.

He added that Boudicca 'couldn't stand bankers ripping everyone off'. A strange comparison to make considering Mr Johnson's comments about bankers in 2019, when he said he 'stuck up for the bankers'.

At a hustings in Birmingham he said: 'I can't think of any other politician, even Conservative politician, who from the crash of 2008 onwards actually stuck up for the bankers'. 

Mr Johnson clearly admired Boudicca's bravery and skills and said: 'Boudicca's prosperity ended up with an

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