Priti Patel criticised Mr Hunt for still supoorting Mrs May’s “miserable and discredited” Brexit deal, and said the leadership hopeful was wrong for his “personal attacks” on Mr Johnson. Earlier, outspoken talk show host Piers Morgan said Mr Johnson had “bottled” appearing on ITV’s Good Morning for “several years”. Mr Morgan challenged him to face leadership rival Jeremy Hunt when he appears on the show on Tuesday. Mr Hunt retweeted Mr Morgan’s tweet, saying: “My name’s Jeremy Hunt and I endorse this message’.”
It comes as leadership hopeful Mr Johnson continued to dodge questions about his “argument” with Carrie Symonds, which a neighbour recorded.
The Metropolitan Police have said they will not be taking any further action on the incident.
He was asked five times about the row at his home during a hustings debate on the weekend, moderated by Iain Dale.
But when the audience began to heckle Mr Johnson, he replied “Don’t boo the great man”.
Ms Patel has said Mr Hunt should not launch personal attacks on Mr Johnson
Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt as to go head-to head over the course of the next month in a series of nationwide hustings.
The two remaining Tory leadership hopefuls have been whittled down from ten, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Environment Secretary Michael Gove the final two candidates to be eliminated from the race last week.
Foreign Secretary Mr Hunt has called for a “fair and open contest, not one that one side is trying to rig to avoid scrutiny”.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson has repeatedly pointed out that his leadership focus would be channelled into ensuring the UK left the EU on October 31 – with or without a deal.
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9.45am update: Sacked MP Chris Davies selected by Tories to “fight” for Brecon and Radnotshire seat
The 51-year-old was sacked as MP for Brecon and Radnorshire on Friday following a recall petition triggered by his conviction for faking expenses claims.
But local party members confirmed Mr Davies would stand as Tory candidate for the forthcoming by-election in a vote held in Talgarth, Mid Wales, on Sunday evening.
Following the vote Mr Davies, who held the seat since 2015, said he was “the right person” for the contest.
He said: “I would like to thank members of my local association for supporting me, and putting their faith in me once again.
“I look forward to campaigning over the next few weeks and winning back this seat, so that I can continue to work hard for the people of Brecon and Radnorshire.
“A lot has been achieved over the past four years, but there is so much more to do, and I am the right person to do it.”
Mr Davies is fighting to win back his seat after constituents signed a petition to remove him
9.35am update: Plot to oust Johnson as Tory MPs “ready to defect”
BORIS Johnson has been warned he could last just 24 hours as Prime Minister before MPs oust him.
Senior Tories are said to have told the leadership hopeful’s team it is highly likely a vote of no confidence being plotted by Jeremy Corbyn would succeed.
Party chairman Brandon Lewis and Chief Whip Julian Smith are said to believe at least two Conservative MPs are ready to defect and others could follow to bring Mr Johnson down.
The party has a working majority of just four but an upcoming by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire could see that reduced to three with many tipping the Liberal Democrats to take the seat.
Defence Secretary Tobias Ellwood told BBC’s Panorama: “I think a dozen or so Members of Parliament would be on our side, would be voting against supporting a no-deal and that would include ministers as well as backbenchers.”
9.20am update: Rees-Mogg backs Boris Johnson to deliver Brexit
The leading ERG Brexiteer said Mr Johnson was “committed” to leaving the EU by the BRexit deadline day of October 31.
Mr Rees-Mogg said: “Having a remainer again would be a mistake, we need someone who campaigned for leave, who really believes in leave.”
Asked whether Boris Johnson would be a liability in rebuilding Britain’s reputation overseas, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “No, very much the reverse – Boris Johnson is already known overseas when he goes abroad, which normally only happens to the foremost British Prime Ministers, therefore he is able to promote Britain abroad in a way others can’t do.”
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9.00am update: Priti Patel says Hunt “supporting miserable” withdrawal agreeemnt
Speaking on LBC, former International Development Secretary Priti Patel said: “I think it’s a shame that Jeremy (Hunt) resorting to such name calling and joining a bandwagon of personal attacks on Boris.getty”There is plenty of debate, discussion and scrutiny.
“In the last three years we have seen… a British government and the cabinet chiefly responsible for the decline of our country, through their failure to deliver Brexit and the absolute miserable and discredited WA, which I think Jeremy Hunt is still supporting.”
Ms Patel also said a politican’s private and personal life can be kepot seperate, saying: “Boris is the only change candidate who is only focused on delivering Brexit and getting us out of the European Union.”
Boris was called a coward by Mr Hunt and outspoken presenter Piers Morgan
8.49am: Hunt asks BBC to hold live televised debate
Mr Hunt has urged the BBC to stage a head-to-head television debate between him and Mr Johnson within the next two weeks before ballot papers go out in the Conservative leadership contest.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I hope the BBC will have a proper debate in the next two weeks. I hope that if Boris doesn’t turn up they will have an empty chair.”
Mr Hunt has told media that Mr Johnson is a “coward”
8.00am update: Hunt says Johnson “not prepared to answer questions”
On Monday morning Mr Hunt told Sky News that Mr Johnson was “simply not prepared to answer questions”, saying: ”On the question of debates, he is being a coward. It is cowardice not to appear in head-to-head debates.”
Hunt, 52, said it was disrespectful for Johnson to have turned down the opportunity for a televised head-to-head debate on Sky television.
“People need to know what you’re going to do and you need to answer those questions. I promise Boris Johnson the fight of his life and he’s going to have that and he’s going to lose.”
Earlier that morning, Mr Hunt warned a Boris Johnson government would rapidly collapse, paving the way for Labour to take power.
Mr Hunt said the frontrunner for the Conservative leadership had built an alliance of supporters and opponents of a no-deal Brexit which could not survive in office.
He told Good Morning Britain: ”He [Johnson] is going to come to power on a very fragile coalition of people like Matt Hancock who wants no-deal taken off the table, Mark Francois who wants no-deal.
“Sometimes in politics you can fudge and get away with it but in the case of Brexit you are going to have to make decisions immediately, and that very fragile coalition will collapse immediately when you have to make those decisions.
“If that happens we won’t have another leadership contest, we will have Jeremy Corbyn in No 10 and there won’t be any Brexit at all.