Published: Wed, June 26, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Johnson's domestic dispute fuels debate in Britain over his PM credentials

Johnson's domestic dispute fuels debate in Britain over his PM credentials

A poll has suggested Johnson's lead with Tory voters has been more than halved since the incident, while slipping into second place behind Jeremy Hunt with the public.

At the weekend, sources close to Mr Johnson disclosed that the front-runner in the race for Downing Street was considering plans to give Aberdeen or Peterhead "free port" status after Brexit.

Sky News invited the leadership rivals to take part in the head-to-head debate tomorrow night hosted by Kay Burley but said it would be cancelled due to Mr Johnson's decision not to attend. When I was mayor of London...

"I've lengthy held the glimpse that Boris Johnson is unsuitable to be prime minister of this nation". She is also heard saying Johnson had ruined a sofa by spilling red wine.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "If you are a candidate to be prime minister and the police have been called to your house - fairly or unfairly - the fact is there was a police visit. I'm just telling you what I said".

"That implies you may have something you don't want to disclose".

"It was a lack of judgment to refuse to even make a short comment. All he could have said, quite reasonably, would have been that in all relationships there are occasionally outbursts of anger and disagreement".

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

"I'm a passionate believer in big infrastructure projects, I just think it is responsible, given the anxieties that people have about the business case, for an incoming Prime Minister to kick the tyres".

"Of course there are certain things that are utterly personal, but it's rather like Michael Gove being asked if he took cocaine".

As critics railed at Johnson and supporters rallied behind him on the ground it is a private matter, worldwide trade secretary Liam Fox said it would be "easier" for Johnson to "just give an explanation" about the row recorded by his neighbour.

Neighbour Tom Penn, 29, said in a statement he had called the police because he was "frightened and concerned for the welfare of those involved".

"He is seen in Scotland I think as one of the principle politicians who are responsible for the mess that we are in over Brexit, the guy who misled people in the European Union referendum campaign and the guy who now says he is prepared to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union without a deal, for most people in Scotland that is a horrifying prospect".

Police called by anxious neighbours after his partner was heard screaming and shouting "get off me".

"I knocked three times at their front door, but there was no response".

"It is time instead for us to come together, to move on from constitutional division and focus on the things that matter".

The two candidates were chosen from a field of 10 by the Conservative party´s 313 MPs, and are now seeking to woo an estimated 160,000 party members who will make the final choice.

Raw video: MP Boris Johnson officially launches his campaign to succeed Theresa May as party leader and prime minister while speaking to fellow Conservatives in London.

A neighbor called the police emergency number as the argument escalated. These are very serious tactics and could lead to criminal prosecutions.

Johnson said he wanted to keep "the best bits", which protect the rights of European Union expats and set up a post-Brexit transition period.

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