Tory leadership contest

Blue Peter Boris put on the canvas by heavyweight Hunt

BY Finn McRedmond   /  25 June 2019

It’s not been the greatest few days for Boris Johnson. The Conservative party leadership contest frontrunner has put in a series of disastrous media performances. Simultaneously, his opponent, presumed to be lacklustre, has been outperforming all expectations.

Boris’s poor media appearances came off the back of a weekend of complete farce – involving the police, loud domestics with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds, an all-too-convenient picture of Symonds and Johnson on some kind of blissful countryside retreat, and conspiracies about the authenticity of the whole thing. By anyone standards – even those often immune to bad press, like Johnson – it was a mess.

Then, on Monday, Johnson gave his longest and most detailed interview since the race began


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