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Boris Johnson was urged to come across the 'screaming row' with his girlfriend today – as he faces damaging claims his life makes him a security risk.
After Mr Johnson bluntly refused to answer questions at Tory hustings , Jeremy Hunt insisted he was 'auditioning to PM' and had to answer questions on 'everything'.
Interviewed on Sky News as he campaigned in Scotland today, Mr Hunt said: 'What Boris needs to do is engage in this leadership debate …
' This is an audition to be PM of the UK and Boris needs to show he is prepared to answer difficult questions. '
He added:' I think someone who wants to be PM should answer questions on everything. '
Mr Hunt insisted he would not comment on Mr Johnson's private life, but complained he was "refusing to have serious debate … refusing to be scrutinized".
Team Hunt also turned the screw on Mr Johnson in the wake of the extraordinary episode at the flat owned by girlfriend Carrie Symonds, 31
– suggesting he could be open to manipulation and even blackmail.
The backlash came as a survey found his standing among Tory activists has taken a serious hit, with four weeks to go until the successor to Theresa May is declared.
Allies of rival Jeremy Hunt turned the screw on Boris Johnson (pictured at hustings in Birmingham yesterday) in the wake of the extraordinary episode at suggestion he could be open to manipulation and even blackmail
Speaking as he campaigned in Scotland today (pictured), Mr Hunt insisted he would not comment on Mr Johnson's private life, but complained he was' refusing to have serious debate '. Refusing to be scrutinized'
Trade Secretary Liam Fox – a supporter of Mr Hunt
Asked about the bust-up, Dr. Fox said the focus should be on policy, but told the BBC's Andrew Marr show: "It's always easier to give an explanation."
Former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind also waded into the row, saying Mr Johnson risked looking like he had something to hide.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "If you are a candidate to prime minister and the police have been called to your house – fairly or unfairly – the fact is there was a police visit. You don't just say 'no comment'.
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Nicola Sturgeon (pictured) said Boris Johnson would be a 'disaster'
Nicola Sturgeon glossed over Boris Johnson will be a 'disaster' for the Tories today – as a poll found Scots could vote for independence
The SNP leader delivered with assessment of the would-be PM, saying he would 'damage the UK's reputation'.
The attack came after a panelbase poll found Mr Johnson taking charge at Downing Street could put the union at risk
A narrow majority of 51 per cent would currently vote no to independence, according to the research.
But when people were asked for their intentions if Mr Johnson becomes a premier, the proportion against woul d drop to 47 per cent.
Speaking on Sky News' Sophy Ridge, Ms Sturgeon said: 'He will be devastating for the Conservatives UK-wide.'
She said: 'Brexit has damaged the UK's international reputation but close behind that, Boris Johnson's tenure has damaged the UK's reputation …
' I find it quite hard to get my head around knowing everything they know about him, they're contemplating putting him in No10. '
'All he could have said, quite reasonably, would have been in all relationships there are occasionally outbursts of anger and disagreement.'
The couple were recorded by neighbors having a plate-smashing, screaming row at the home in Camberwell.
Miss Symonds, 31, reportedly screamed 'get off me' and 'get out of my flat' during the bust-up with Mr Johnson. Police were called, but no formal action was taken.
But she was now seen at the hustings, despite attending his campaign launch earlier this month.
Mr Hunt has a secret that he hopes to make the head-to-head leadership battle against Mr Johnson all about character
And his supporters went a step further, with a senior cabinet minister describing Mr Johnson as a security risk.
He made the comments in conversation with another cabinet minister, who relayed them to the Sunday Times.
"There will be things in his private life that we don't know about," the minister is reported as saying.
"There is the danger that people leak what they have about him or blackmail him with it."
Dr Fox denied he was the minister who made the security risk remark, and also said he was not concerned about it.
"Boris has been the foreign secretary, who is in charge of MI6 as an example," he said.
Mr Johnson's close ally Liz Truss, a Treasury minister, told the BBC Radio 5's Pienaar's Politics: "There's no point in asking me, I believe it's a private matter …
" People know what he's like in office And that's what's important. '
One Survival poll for the Mail on Sunday was taken before Friday's dramatic incident gift Mr Johnson and eight percentage point advantage over Mr Hunt among all voters.
But another survey by the firm yesterday found that had turned into a three point deficit.
Among Tory voters, Mr. Johnson's lead as the man who would make the best Prime Minister more than half over the period, from a 27-point lead to just 11.
Meanwhile, senior Tories have warned a government led by Mr. Johnson could be top on his very first day in Downing Street.
If the former London Mayor wins the leadership contest, No10 expects Jeremy Corbyn to call an immediate no-confidence vote in the Commons in an effort to bring down his embryonic administration
Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis and members of the backbench 1922 Committee are understood to have expressed the fear that Mr Johnson would lose the vote, given that the party has a working majority or just four MPs and remains hopelessly split over Brexit .
Asked about the situation today, Liam Fox said the focus should be on policy, but told the BBC's Andrew Marr show: "It's always easier to just give an explanation."
Two exclusive surveys by this newspaper – one taken before and the other news broke by Friday's dramatic incident – found that Mr Johnson's eight-cent lead on Thursday had turned into three per cent deficit yesterday among all voters
He said the front runner was wrong to claim the UK could waive tariffs on imports from the EU for up to 10 years under World Trade Organization rules.
The Cabinet Minister said: 'It isn't true. That's the problem.
'Article 24, sub section five, allows countries to deviate from what is called the most-favored nation principal.
'And that is what we have to treat one and the same, give the same access to markets.
'There are two exceptions under that part of the trade law. One says if you are going to be in a customs union. The other says if you have got a free trade agreement
"But you have to have the agreement to benefit from any temporary relaxation."
Revealed: The millionaire's Buddhist daughter whose anti-Brexit play was funded by the EU and her close-up magician partner who tried to sink Boris
The couple who reported Boris Johnson to the police and Carrie Symonds are ardent remainers who have spoken out about Brexit.
Cambridge-educated Eve Leigh, 34, the daughter of a millionaire New Yorker, wrote a play as part of the Brexit Stage Left festival, which received funding from the Eurodram cultural project
Husband Tom Penn, 30, is also a playwright and has performed close-up magic and toured Europe as a percussionist.
It is not known where the couple are currently, as neither have been seen at the property since details of the row were published in The Guardian yesterday.
The pair were listening through the walls from their flat while Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds argued just after midnight.
Mr Penn and wife Ms Leigh called the police after they were "frightened and concerned" by noises coming from the flat in Camberwell, south London, during the early hours of Friday morning.
In a statement last night Mr Leigh said his motivation for informing the police was not political and that 'the extent of my involvement in politics' was merely voting to remain in the EU during the 2016 referendum.
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Tom Penn and Eve Leigh (both pictured), who live in the same block as Carrie Symonds, said they heard 'screaming, banging and then silence' in the early hours of Friday morning
Ms Leigh's now deleted Twitter account (pictured her profile image) insanely c ruel 'and added that' all tories suck '
Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, who accused Mr. Johnson or save Twitter on account, Ms Leigh wrote she, 'just gave Boris Johnson the finger, this weekend is unstoppable'
and this summer, she added how 'all Tories suck'.
A source close to Ms Symonds said the finger gesture came after the former foreign secretary spoke to her while he was taking down anti-Boris Johnson posters, which Ms Leigh said she played no part in.
The posters, which are covered in EU stars and still plastered around Ms Symonds' home, have 'F *** Boris' written across them, adding,' we'd rather change him as our neighbor than our prime minister ' .
She also previously claimed Theresa May had brought in 'insanely cruel policies' that Brexit was 'racist' and the Home Office was 'lower than dim' as well as criticizing Mrs May's policies as 'insanely cruel towards immigrants, poor people'. and people of color '.
Ms Leigh also wrote: 'If you feel sorry for here [Mrs May]have a look at yourself.'
In November 2017, she commented on the Tory leadership contest, which Mr Johnson is the favorite to win next month.
The re-tweeted comment said: 'Today's debate: Has Boris Johnson put them in politics back decades? '
The previous July account re-tweeted Guardian columnist Owen Jones urging donations to a Labor candidate in Mr Johnson's west London constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
It said: 'We can replace Boris Johnson with a Labor MP. Just imagine. Please donate here – and make history. '
Last February a tweet said: 'The government has blood on their hands after Grenfell. And now? If this is the best thing to do is Downing Street with it.
Anti-Conservative tweets on her Twitter account, which had been active for seven years before being taken down in the last couple of days, dated back to the Occupy London protests in 2012 when Mr Johnson was the capital's mayor.
That year she also co-wrote a production about the Occupy London protests that camped out at St Paul's Cathedral.
Eve Leigh and Tom Penn got married in March (pictured). Mr Penn recorded Mr Johnson's row with Ms Symonds – who lives below their £ 720,000 flat
Ms Leigh was born in New York and is the daughter of a late millionaire composer. She once boasted about 'giving Mr Johnson the finger' on Twitter
Last week Ms Leigh wrote on Twitter that was 'pretending to respect the memories of the Holocaust dead'.
Ms Leigh is an 'experimental playwright', games designer, 'theatremaker', a former palm reader and her partner also performs close-up magic, according to an interview in The Stage.
Earlier this year, one of appeared in the Brexit Stage Left festival in London, a celebration of European theater sponsored by a network of dramatists that is part-funded by the European Union.
Brexit Stage Left saw a group of stand-up comedians touring Europe performing 'cutting edge' plays from across the EU '.
The project held in January received a financial backing from Eurodram, a cultural campaign funded with Brussels cash.
Eurodram's website reveals it is co-funded by the Creative European Program of the European Union, which is a £ 1 billion EU cultural project.