Calls for Boris Johnson's sacking after off-colour Libya civil war joke

A joke made at the expense of a war-torn African country has resulted in calls for Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson to be fired from his post.

The controversial politician, whose job centres around maintaining diplomatic relationships with other countries, has made a series of high-profile gaffes since taking the role - and his latest is a step too far for some.

Speaking about Libya, the north African nation he visited in August, Mr Johnson was at first full of praise during a speech at a Conservative conference event - extolling its "bone white sands", "beautiful seas" and "brilliant young people".

But his complimentary tone soon turned sour when he focused in on the country's violent civil war, and the deaths that have come as a result.

"There's a group of UK business people... wonderful guys who want to invest in Sirte on the coast," he said.

"They have a brilliant vision to turn Sirte... into the next Dubai. The only thing they've got to do is clear the dead bodies away, and then they'll be there."

The comments garnered muted laughter from the crowd Mr Johnson was speaking to - but it also sparked a chorus of calls for him to be fired.

The British Labour Party has labelled the comment "crass, callous and cruel", while the Liberal Democrats called on Prime Minister Theresa May to "get her house in order and sack him".

Mr Johnson has also proven to be the subject of widespread vitriol on social media.

The off-colour joke comes a matter of days after Mr Johnson was accused of "incredible insensitivity" following his recitation of a poem about a British soldier's love affair with a Burmese woman during a visit to Myanmar.

Britain's ambassador to Myanmar was forced to step in, audibly telling him it wasn't appropriate, particularly as he was on microphone.