Boris Johnson social distancing

Boris Johnson ‘promises to end social distancing by October 2021’

Say he wants to see conference delegates back next year

Boris Johnson has said he’s hopeful social distancing will be over by October 2021.

The Prime Minister, 56, made the promise in his speech at the end of the Conservative Party conference.

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Boris Johnson said he wanted to see people at conference in October next year (Credit: ITV)

What did Boris Johnson say in his speech about social distancing?

In the speech given today (Tuesday October 6), he likened the coronavirus to an “alien invader”.

He also told a sparsely populated hall that he expected to be “face-to-face and cheek-by-jowl” at next autumn’s event.

Read more: Government is planning ‘harsher three-tier lockdown’ restrictions that could close pubs and ban all social contact

Mr Johnson put the optimism down to “almost daily improvements in the medicine and the science”.

He also remarked that he had “had more than enough” of the virus, which has over 41,000 deaths and nationwide lockdowns.

What else did Boris Johnson say?

Mr Johnson also addressed claims that he had “lost his mojo”.

“I have read a lot of nonsense recently about how my own bout of COVID has somehow robbed me of my mojo,” he told delegates, virtual or otherwise.

“This is self-evident drivel.

“I could refute these critics of my athletic abilities in any way that they want, arm wrestling, leg wrestling… you name it.”

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Mr Johnson admitted he was carrying too much weight (Credit: Simon Bridger /

Boris admits weight issues

He went on to say that weight had a contributing factor to his severe symptoms when he caught the virus in April.

He said: “I have to admit that the reason I had such a nasty experience with the disease is that although I was superficially in the pink of health when I caught it I had a very common underlying condition – my friends, I was too fat.

“And I have since lost 26 pounds.”

Then, quoting the M People song Search For The Hero, he added: “And I am going to continue that diet because you have got to search for the hero inside yourself and hope that individual is considerably slimmer.”

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Boris Johnson told viewers to expect a bumpy ride (Credit: UK Parliament)

What else has Boris Johnson been saying?

Mr Johnson’s promise comes after he told political interviewer Andrew Marr that Brits should expect a “bumpy” ride in the lead-up to Christmas.

“It could be a very tough winter for all of us but by the spring, things will be radically different and we’ll be in a different world,” he said.

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“There are different treatments now available that weren’t a few months ago and that’s changed the equation.”

He added: “It is still very possible that there are bumpy, bumpy days ahead.”

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