Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Reports of Boris Johnson domestic 'row' shakes up Conservative leadership race

Reports of Boris Johnson domestic 'row' shakes up Conservative leadership race

His warning came as Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood said around a dozen Conservative MPs could be prepared to support a vote of no-confidence in the Government to prevent a no-deal break with the EU.

"You just don't care for anything because you're spoilt".

She added she wanted Mr Hunt to be prime minister because the party needed "someone who can inspire and motivate the whole of the country, and doesn't alienate voters for no reason".

Mr Johnson's campaign was rocked by the disclosure that police were called to the home he shares with Ms Symonds by a neighbour who claimed to have been "frightened and concerned" after hearing shouting and banging coming from the property.

Allison Pearson, a columnist with the Daily Telegraph, told BBC Radio 4: "What business do we have to listen in to a private lovers' tiff?"

Mr Johnson has been haunted by the lingering perception of not being a conviction Brexiteer - something Mr Farage has warned against in the past - a concern emphasised last week by him getting the backing of George Osborne's Evening Standard newspaper last week.

"Don't be a coward, Boris", Hunt wrote.

Hunt, who was campaigning in Scotland on Sunday, told Sky News that Johnson, a former foreign minister and former London mayor, "needs to show he's prepared to answer hard questions".

Boris Johnson broke cover on Monday night in an interview for the BBC in which he was forced to admit there would be no transition period without the EU's agreement in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

"People need to know what you're going to do and you need to answer those questions", Hunt, Britain's foreign minister, said.

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Hunt - who replaced Johnson as Foreign Secretary after his predecessor resigned in protest at outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan - has also said he would support a no-deal exit if necessary.

"I think actually that politics has changed so much since 29 March", he said, referring to the original Brexit deadline.

An ally of Mr Hunt said: 'Bottler Boris and his complacent campaign have shown they can't trust their candidate to turn up and perform'.

The Conservative leadership candidate said he was "not a loser" after Nick Ferrari quizzed him for saying the party could "do better and choose our own Jeremy".

Jeremy Hunt wrote in a piece for United Kingdom newspaper The Times Monday that he was "not interested" in the leadership frontrunner's private life, but challenged Johnson to meet him in a debate and tell the public what his policies will be.

'I've done everything to avoid a no-deal Brexit by voting for a deal three times this year.

Mr Johnson and his opponent Jeremy Hunt made their opening appeals to grassroots Tories last Saturday at a hustings, or political roadshow, that focused attention on the former's character. "What's important is what's this guy going to be delivering for you in Brexit".

It emerged the pair had an explosive row that was overheard by neighbours and, while officers took no further action, questions have been raised over what impact it will have on Mr Johnson's chances on getting the keys to No10.

Conservative Party leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt visits Imran's Balti Restaurant ahead of the first Tory party hustings, in Birmingham, England, Saturday June 22, 2019.

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