|Sir Norman Wrassle|
Departing from his prepared speech, Sir Norman used his platform at the Longridge Women's Institute AGM tonight to launch an attack on what he termed "prolonged and sustained tripeism" from Mr Johnson.
Sir Norman said: "I was made aware of the Mayor's comments in an article in today's Daily Telegraph and I immediately asked our media monitoring unit to look into Mr Johnson's track record with tripe. The report I received this evening shows a pattern of serial misuse of the word tripe over a number of years."
In 2008, Mr Johnson responded to a question about police commissioners from respected reporter Jon Sopel on The Politics Show with: "No, codswallop, tripe, balderdash, absolute codswallop," and just two years ago claimed that "people believe a load of tripe about 9/11".
Mr Johnson, who appears on Twitter using the name @MayorofLondon, will be appearing on LBC Radio tomorrow morning and can be quizzed via Twitter using the hashtag #AskBoris. Sir Norman predicted tripe lovers all over the capital and beyond would be asking their grandchildren to tweet questions for Boris. Sir Norman said: "Enough is enough. Mr Johnson must apologise for his comments forthwith. I am calling on tripe lovers from all over the country to lobby him to publicly take the Tripe Taste Challenge. The future of our industry could be at stake."