Boris Johnson has accused a charity set up in the name of Sir Winston Churchill of trying to “airbrush” away the “giant achievements” of Britain’s Second World War leader.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust has faced criticism after announcing it was renaming itself The Churchill Fellowship while removing images of the former prime minister from its website.

In a statement, the charity – which awards grants for people to pursue social and community causes – denied that it was seeking to disown his legacy.

However, it said many of his views on race were “widely seen as unacceptable today, a view that we share”.

The move has prompted the Prime Minister – a long-time Churchill admirer – to appeal to the organisation to rethink the move.

Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister believes that Winston Churchill was a hero who helped save this country and the whole of Europe from a fascist and a racist tyranny by leading the defeat of Nazism.

“It is completely absurd, misguided and wrong to airbrush his giant achievements and service to this country. The trust should think again.”

Sir Winston was the Conservative prime minister from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955.

He died in 1965 and was honoured with a state funeral.

 

Last year, the Churchill memorial in London was defaced with 'was a racist' during Black Lives Matter protest.

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