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Boris Johnson row ‘should not be distraction’ in leadership race

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA The reports of a row at Boris Johnson's home should not be a "distraction" from policy discussion in the leadership race, a cabinet minister has said.International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said it was "easier" to "just give an explanation" about the row at the home of Mr Johnson and Carrie Symonds.On Saturday, the leadership frontrunner avoided questions on the issue.Fellow Tory Liz Truss, who backs Mr
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Boris Johnson: ‘Frightened’ neighbour defends recording partner row

[ad_1] Image copyright PA wire The neighbour who called police about a loud row at the home of Boris Johnson - and later released a recording to a newspaper - has defended his actions.The Guardian said Mr Johnson's partner Carrie Symonds could be heard telling the Tory MP to "get out of my flat".Tom Penn told the paper he was worried about his neighbours' safety, adding: "I hope that anybody
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Boris Johnson refuses to answer questions over Carrie Symonds row

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Image caption Boris Johnson was speaking at the first of 16 public membership hustings to be the next Tory leader Boris Johnson has refused to answer questions on reports of a row between him and his partner in which police were called.Speaking at a Tory Party hustings in Birmingham, Mr Johnson said "people did not want to hear" about the reported row between him and Carrie
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Tory leadership: Hunt seeks change to TV debate schedule

[ad_1] Image caption Jeremy Hunt (left) and Boris Johnson (right) are the final two MPs vying to be Tory party leader Jeremy Hunt has said plans for a televised Conservative leadership debate three days after voting begins is making a "mockery" of the contest.Mr Hunt said Boris Johnson had challenged him to a debate on ITV, scheduled to take place on 9 July.The foreign secretary accepted his invitation but now
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UK ‘wasting time’ during Brexit extension – Donald Tusk

[ad_1] When the EU agreed to delay the UK's departure until the end of October, Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, said "please don't waste this time".But of the seven months between 29 March (the original date for Brexit) and 31 October, nearly three have already passed.With the country in limbo, the Conservative Party is choosing a new leader who will become Britain's new prime minister.Does Donald Tusk think
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Mark Field suspended as minister after grabbing activist

[ad_1] Mark Field has been suspended as a minister after TV footage showed him grabbing a female Greenpeace activist at a black-tie City event.Mr Field, Foreign Office minister for Asia and the Pacific, has said he regrets the incident at the chancellor's Mansion House speech.He said he had been "genuinely worried" she may have been armed.Mr Field was filmed forcibly removing the woman after protesters interrupted the speech.City of London
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MP Mark Field accused of assaulting Greenpeace activist

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionClimate change protesters interrupt Chancellor Philip Hammond's speech Greenpeace has accused Foreign Office minister Mark Field of assault, after he physically ejected an activist from a City of London black-tie event.Mr Field claimed he reacted "instinctively" and has referred himself to the Cabinet Office for an investigation.He also apologised to the woman for "grabbing her" - but said he was worried
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Tory leadership: Probe after MP called ‘disgrace’ by colleague

[ad_1] Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Antoinette Sandbach has been a Conservative MP for Eddisbury in Cheshire since 2015 The government's chief whip has promised to investigate messages sent to a female Conservative MP by a colleague in which she was was called a "disgrace" and told to quit the party.In a now-deleted tweet, Antoinette Sandbach shared a screenshot of WhatsApp messages which she said were sent to her
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Minister apologises for homeless ‘tinkers’ email

[ad_1] Image copyright Conservative Party Image caption Heather Wheeler has been an MP since 2010 A minister has apologised for using "inappropriate language" in an email discussing rough sleepers.Homelessness Minister Heather Wheeler said rough sleepers in her constituency were "the traditional type, old tinkers, knife-cutters". Mrs Wheeler was criticised by homeless and traveller charities for using language to "stigmatise individuals".In response, the South Derbyshire MP offered a "heartfelt apology" over