Boris Johnson's 'fragile male ego' stops him meeting me, says Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says Boris Johnson has a ‘disinclination to be, metaphorically speaking, in the same room as me’

Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon on a rare meeting in Scotland in 2019
Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon on a rare meeting in Scotland in 2019

Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that Boris Johnson refuses to meet her because of his “fragile male ego”.

The Scottish First Minister said Mr Johnson tended to delegate most of his meetings with devolved leaders to Michael Gove – unlike his predecessors.

In an interview ahead of COP26 summit, Ms Sturgeon shed some light on her relationship with the Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson snubbed an invitation to meet the First Minister at her official residence in Edinburgh while he was on a two-day visit to Scotland in August.

And Ms Sturgeon criticised the PM for coming to Scotland during the lockdown in January, as she said it wasn’t an essential journey.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon


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Downing Street said at the time that it was important for Mr Johnson to be visible and accessible to communities across the UK.

Ms Sturgeon told Vogue magazine: “He tends to delegate most of his interactions with the devolved governments to Michael Gove.

“That’s fine, Michael Gove and I work together well, but it’s a different approach to his predecessors.”

Asked why she thought this was the case, she said: “Maybe it’s just a bit of a fragile male ego.

“He seems to have a disinclination to be, metaphorically speaking, in the same room as me. It’s odd.”

Her comments could make things awkward when the pair meet at the COP26 summit in Glasgow next week, where they will co-host an event.

Ms Sturgeon warned that the Cop26 summit was the “last chance the world has to reach an agreement that is specific enough to meet the Paris 1.5 degrees target”.

She said: “It’s a massive opportunity, but I think there will be a real difficulty if that opportunity is not taken.”

Discussing the future of the oil and gas industry, she said: “This has not been an easy thing for somebody in my position and in the political tradition I come from to say, but we have to ask ourselves whether new exploration for oil and gas is consistent with meeting the climate change imperatives.”

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