Hunt calls Johnson a ‘coward’ for avoiding Brexit debate

Scotland's First Minister said that Mr Johnson was seen as one of the principle people responsible for the Brexit "mess" by those living north of the border, where 62% voted Remain in the 2016 European Union referendum.

In an interview with the BBC, the foreign secretary said the ability to negotiate a new Brexit deal "is about the personality of the prime minister".

Both men are taking part in 16 party meetings around Britain, and although one TV debate was cancelled Tuesday after Johnson refused to take part, another is planned for July 9.

The neighbour who called police to "screaming" and "crashing" at Boris Johnson's London home has spoken out.

Johnson needs to show that his is willing to answer hard questions, his rival Jeremy Hunt said in a Sky News interview Sunday, a day after the pair made their opening appeals to grass-roots Conservative Party members at a hustings, or political roadshow, that focused attention on the front runner's character.

Leadership hopeful Mr Johnson was asked 26 times on LBC about whether a photograph of himself and girlfriend Carrie Symonds had been planted in a newspaper following reports of a row.

Footage published by the Observer showed Bannon claiming that he had helped craft Johnson's resignation speech as foreign minister previous year.

She said: "I think he would be devastating, disastrous for the Conservatives UK-wide but particularly in Scotland".

Later, to the BBC, he repeated his requires Mr Johnson to debate stay with him on television, and accused him of "no longer answering" the "refined" questions about Brexit.

"But what Boris needs to do is to engage properly in this leadership debate", Hunt told Sky News.

Mr Hunt talked about someone who wishes to be PM "must acknowledge questions about all the issues".

Both men are hoping to renegotiate the divorce deal May struck with the European Union a year ago, which parliament has repeatedly rejected - even through Brussels says this is not possible.

Neighbours called police after hearing screams, shouts, and bangs at the south London property, shortly after Johnson had secured his place in the final run-off to become prime minister. "I want to leave by October 31, but if Parliament stops it the prime minister has to obey the law".

Among all voters, Hunt is now the preferred candidate to become prime minister, according to the Survation poll in the Mail on Sunday, as Johnson saw a seven percent decline in support.

Mr Johnson insisted at the hustings he was the one to "get Brexit done" and put his record at City Hall at the heart of his pitch.

On Brexit, Hunt too has said he is willing to accept a "no deal" departure, but says he is prepared to delay Brexit to get an agreement.

He said some "positive energy" would help deliver Brexit, hitting out at the "pathetic" efforts of Theresa May's administration - a government in which he served as foreign secretary for two years until July 2018.

Keith Brown, the Nationalists' depute leader, said that the challenger for the top Tory job had brought the NHS in England and Wales "to its knees" before he stepped down in 2018. I've been a businessman more than half my life, and I think all the scare stories out of the Treasury are ridiculous. "This time we are not going to bottle it".

"You are running for the office of not just Conservative Party leader, but prime minister, so a lot of people who admire your politics do call into question your character, and it is incumbent on you to answer that question".

  • Leroy Wright