Watch In Full | Nick Ferrari interviews Boris Johnson

5 October 2021, 09:54 | Updated: 5 October 2021, 10:08

Watch the wide-ranging interview between Nick Ferrari and Boris Johnson at the Conservative Party conference.

During the interview, the Prime Minister branded protesters who have blocked major UK roads as "irresponsible crusties" and urged Brits to get back to the office.

He also defended the cut to Universal Credit, arguing the taxpayer should not subsidise low wages.

The £20 a week temporary uplift in the benefit ends on Wednesday, hitting millions of households.

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The Prime Minister told LBC's Nick Ferrari: "I understand that people feel times are difficult at the moment because we have got an economy that's coming out of a very tough period with the Covid pandemic and it's growing strongly now.

"We've got the fastest economic growth in the G7."

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Boris Johnson said Insulate Britain protesters, who have blocked highways across the South East in recent weeks, have been "doing considerable damage to the economy".

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Mr Johnson told LBC: "There are some people who call those individuals legitimate protesters.

"They are not. I think they are irresponsible crusties who are basically trying to stop people going about their day's work and doing considerable damage to the economy.

"That is why we have taken the powers and why Priti Patel is doing the right thing to bring in powers so they can get six months or an unlimited fine."

The PM also said that petrol shortages are caused by "demand, not supply" at the pumps, and said he had heard the situation was improving.