Downing Street source says comment was not ‘an appropriate choice of words’, after calls for foreign secretary to be sacked

Downing Street has rebuked Boris Johnson for saying a war-torn Libyan city only had to “clear the dead bodies away” to become a world-class tourist destination, after Theresa May faced calls from her own MPs to sack him.

A senior Downing Street source said it was a matter for Johnson as to whether he apologised, but added: “We did not feel it was an appropriate choice of words.”

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