Johnson and Hunt make pitch to Tory members in United Kingdom leadership race

Johnson and Hunt make pitch to Tory members in United Kingdom leadership race

Mr Johnson remains under pressure to explain why police were called to the home he shares with partner Carrie Symonds, but in his column for the Daily Telegraph he attempted to switch attention back to political rather than personal issues.

He told MPs: 'The two Tory leadership candidates are still saying that if they can't renegotiate the backstop - which the European Union leaders said was not possible last week - then they would pursue a No Deal exit.

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

"I believe it is reasonable for someone who is likely to become our next prime minister to be held accountable for all of their words, actions and behaviors".

"That implies you may have something you don't want to disclose", he told BBC Radio 5.

Mr Hunt, who spent yesterday campaigning in Scotland, visiting Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, said everyone had something they would be "embarrassed" about if it came out but insisted contenders for No 10 must not duck scrutiny.

Asked if it was right for Mr Johnson to refuse to answer questions on the subject, Dr Fox told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show: "I think it is always easier to just give an explanation".

But when asked whether, theoretically, he could back Boris Johnson as Prime Minister Mr Farage was more serious, making it clear Johnson would have to embody the qualities of Britain's most famous historic politician if he wanted to succeed.

A spokesman for Mr Hunt's campaign said: 'Whoever wants to be prime minister must face up now to the intense scrutiny that comes with the job, anything less is deeply disrespectful to our members.

As for what Boris Johnson said in reply to his text, Mr Peters said, "Well that's private".

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Johnson and Hunt, whose odds on becoming PM shortened after the incident, will meet in the coming days for the first of 16 head-to-heads before the 160,000-strong Conservative Party membership votes for their new leader - the man who will become prime minister and replace the outgoing Theresa May.

Polling for the Mail on Sunday newspaper showed Johnson was seen as the best prime minister by 36 percent of all voters Thursday, while Jeremy Hunt was supported by 28 percent.

Recalling Mr Johnson's earlier operate in authorities, he talked about: "Discontinue you impart Theresa Could would blueprint him foreign secretary if there had been true worries about him being a security possibility?"

Johnson was being quizzed at the first live hustings for Conservative leader.

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

While Tory grandee Sir Malcolm Rifkind said dodging questions made it look as if Mr Johnson had "something to hide".

Johnson, who was finally backed by more than half of Conservative lawmakers to be the new party leader has appeared on only one TV debate and granted a single short broadcast interview and one newspaper interview.

He added: "I don't think that's very neighbourly - not until you really know what was going on in the room".

Gloucester MP Richard Graham has supported Jeremy Hunt since the outset of the leadership battle, citing the former Health Secretary's record as a businessman as the reason for his backing.