At least this gives Boris something to smile about! Kyiv bakery names apple and cinnamon pastry after him – and it even comes with meringue topping to resemble his unruly hair
- Despite derision on these shores, the prime minister has been lionised in Ukraine
- Boris Johnson has namesake street in southern Ukraine – and now a pastry, too
- Top Kyiv bakery Zavertailo Cafe is selling the sweet snack for 97 hryvnia (£2.60)
- Glamorous owner Anna Zavertailo refused to leave Ukraine as war has raged on
Boris Johnson may find himself in a sticky situation at home, but Ukrainians remain besotted by Britain’s prime minister.
A posh Kyiv bakery has now honoured Mr Johnson with a cake named after him.
The ‘Boris Johnson’ is an apple and cinnamon cake with a frilly meringue topping to resemble the PM’s famously floppy hair.
Zavertailo Cafe, just north of the capital’s city centre, is selling the ingenious innovation for 97 hryvnia (£2.60).
Waitress Daniella at Kyiv’s upmarket Zavertailo Cafe stands proudly with two iced cakes today
The acclaimed bakery and patisserie has glowing Google reviews, with an average 4.5 stars from 729 users.
Ukrainians have been wowed by Mr Johnson’s hard line against the Russian invasion of their country.
The UK has been one of the toughest advocates of severe sanctions on Russia – and has sent huge supplies of weapons to Kyiv, including Stinger rocket launchers.
The ‘Boris Johnson’ pastry has a meringue topping to resemble the PM’s famously floppy hair
The PM was one of the first world leaders to visit Kyiv since Russia’s invasion on February 24, making a surprise visit to the war-torn capital in mid-April.
Mr Johnson also reiterated Britain’s support for an end to the costly Black Sea food blockade in a phone call with Zelensky today.
Boris Johnson, pictured during a meeting with the Estonian PM today, faces a key vote
Mr Zelesnky said he and Johnson were ‘looking for ways to avoid the food crisis & unblock (Ukraine’s) ports’.
The pair also confirmed a new package of military aid.
Yet voters in Ukraine won’t be enough to save Mr Johnson’s skin.
He faces a vote of no confidence by Conservative MPs later today, with results set to be announced by the party’s 1922 Committee at 9pm.
The PM has sent a letter to MPs pleading for them to ‘draw a line’ under furious infighting, after he suffered a series of huge blows – including his own anti-corruption tsar quitting and rival Jeremy Hunt joining the coup bid.
Backbench chief Graham Brady confirmed this morning that at least 54 MPs have asked for a full ballot, which will now happen between 6pm and 8pm.
Mr Johnson is addressing the parliamentary party before that.
The PM received a limited boost from a snap poll by Opinium showing that although voters overall want Tories to oust him, Conservative supports would rather keep him on by a margin of 53 per cent to 34 per cent.
The pastries have just gone on sale, so it’s not clear whether they’ll be selling like hot cakes
A YouGov poll of Tory members found they would prefer him to stay on by 53 per cent to 42 per cent.
Cabinet ministers immediately rallied round, with Rishi Sunak pledging his support, and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss saying he has her ‘100 per cent backing’. Deputy PM Dominic Raab and Michael Gove also stood by him, while Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: ‘If he got a majority of one, that’s enough to move on.’
In a vicious riposte to Mr Hunt on social media, Ms Dorries said: ‘Your handling of the pandemic would have been a disaster.
Glamorous bakery owner Anna Zavertailo has not left Ukraine since the onset of the war
The PM won plaudits for his surprise visit to Kyiv in mid-April, where he met Pres. Zelensky
The pair walked through battle-worn Kyiv just days after Russia withdrew from the capital
‘Your pandemic preparation during six years as health secretary was found wanting and inadequate. Your duplicity right now in destabilising the party and country to serve your own personal ambition, more so…
‘If you had been leader you’d have handed the keys of No10 to Corbyn. You’ve been wrong about almost everything, you are wrong again now.’
Ex-Cabinet minister David Davis cautioned that Mr Johnson’s problems ‘won’t go away’ if there is ‘anything less than a two thirds majority’, although he will ‘hang on’.
How will the latest day of drama at Westminster play out?
8am: 1922 committee chair Graham Brady announced that a confidence vote will be held
1.45pm: Rishi Sunak appearing before Treasury Select Committee
4pm: Boris Johnson addresses Tory MPs pleading for them to support him
6pm-8pm: Voting in the confidence ballot
8.15pm-8.30pm: Results are announced
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