What the papers say

Jeremy Hunt   Jeremy Hunt visited a bakers in Worcestershire during a campaign event. He told the Shropshire Star he was in it to win

Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt visited a bakers in Worcestershire during a campaign event. He told the Shropshire Star he was in it to win

The Defence Secretary, writing in the Daily Express, suggested Mr Johnson was like a "short-term sugar rush" and warned members against being "seduced" by promises that can not be delivered.

Fellow Tory Liz Truss, who backs Mr Johnson for the leadership, said it was a "private matter".

Meanwhile Mr Hunt, who will visit Scotland on Sunday, revealed a pledge to exempt hundreds of thousands of firms from business rates if he becomes prime minister.

Hunt supporter and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox signalled it was better to be clear about what had happened.

According to the Sunday Mirror, David Morris, the Tory MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale who sits on the Commons Administration Committee, told party chairman Brandon Lewis that an MP said they had been threatened with a vote of no confidence if they did not back Mr Johnson. I believe it's a private matter - I don't think the public are concerned about that.

On Saturday night the neighbour who rang the Metropolitan Police went public after suggestions that his recording of the row had been leaked to The Guardian with political intent.

"People know what he's like in office and that's what's important".

He told Sky News's Sophy Ridge On Sunday: "In one sense, of course, it is a private matter, but when you're running for public office, when you are wanting to be the prime minister of the United Kingdom, then these matters are in the public interest".

"The police were called to an incident and what did they say?"

"Given that's what the police have said, and it is clearly a private incident, I think we should just leave it at that".

Mr Johnson remained tight-lipped at a hustings for party members in Birmingham over the weekend.

"I am not going to comment on Boris's personal life". That's for others to make their judgments on.

"I think someone who wants to be prime minister should answer questions on everything", he said.

Jeremy Hunt has been engaged in frantic campaigning as he tried to overhaul Mr Johnson's advantage in the leadership contest.

"Not to shy away from the Sky News live debate which is scheduled for Tuesday evening which he's been invited to. I want a categorical assurance these kinds of activities will not continue", Mr Morris is said to have written.

The Foreign Secretary said Mr Johnson was "disrespecting" party members by refusing to face scrutiny.

He added: "This is an audition to be the prime minister of the United Kingdom and Boris needs to show that he is prepared to answer hard questions". You don't just say "no comment".

"It makes it look as if you have something to hide".

Jeremy Hunt today demanded that Boris Johnson stop being a "coward" - as the front runner dodged another TV debate in the wake of his bust-up with his girlfriend.

"I'm sorry, you don't have that sort of private life if you're asking people to choose you to be their prime minister", Sir Malcolm said.

"I think the jury's out", he said.

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