Boris Johnson 22 points ahead with grass-roots conservatives in polls despite row with girlfriend

Latest poll reveals Boris Johnson remains 22 points ahead with grass-roots conservatives as the final stage of the Tory leadership contest draws towards a vote.

With hustlings in Birmingham completed today and conservative’s 160,000 members set to cast their votes on Monday, it seems Mr Johnson remains the front runner. 

The ComRes poll conducted for The Sunday Telegraph found that Johnson remained ahead with 61 per cent of Tory Councillors intending to back Boris while just 39 per cent planned to vote Jeremy Hunt. 

Speaking at a hustings in Birmingham today, Boris Johnson did not mention the issue in his opening comments, insisting: ‘We need to get Brexit done… and I am the right man.’

The dead bat response drew cheers from the audience – who also started booing when Dale tried to push further

An overwhelming 81 per cent also said they felt the future leader ‘must deliver Brexit before October 31st’, reports The Sunday Telegraph – an intention Mr Johnson has made clear. 

Mr Johnson’s seemingly steadfast position as favourite comes despite police being called to attend his South London home early Friday morning, amid reports of a ‘plate-smashing, screaming row’ with girlfriend Carrie Symonds. 

A recording of the pair having a raging argument was handed to The Guardian by the politician’s neighbour Tom Penn, 29, who heard the disturbance and called police in fear for the occupants’ safety.

During the row Miss Symonds is claimed to be heard demanding Johnson leave her home, screaming ‘get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat’ during the terrifying bust-up.

At one point Mr Johnson asked how long he had left on stage, joking: 'There's some quite hostile bowling.'

At one point Mr Johnson asked how long he had left on stage, joking: 'There's some quite hostile bowling.'

At one point Mr Johnson asked how long he had left on stage, joking: ‘There’s some quite hostile bowling.’

Two police cars and a van arrived within minutes but left after receiving reassurances from both the individuals in the flat that they were ‘safe and well’.   

The poll of 510 councillors was carried out across Friday and Saturday as the news broke that Mr Johnson had been involved in a blazing row at the Camberwell home he shares with Miss Symonds.

It was also the first indication of who members would be supporting since the confirmation that Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt would go head to head as candidates for the leadership.  

Only 29 per cent of councillors believed Mr Hunt was the man to triumph over Corbyn

Only 29 per cent of councillors believed Mr Hunt was the man to triumph over Corbyn

Only 29 per cent of councillors believed Mr Hunt was the man to triumph over Corbyn

Conservative party leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt during the first party hustings at the ICC in Birmingham

Conservative party leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt during the first party hustings at the ICC in Birmingham

Conservative party leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt during the first party hustings at the ICC in Birmingham

The poll also revealed that 71 per cent of councillors believe Mr Johnson could triumph over Labour leader Mr Corbyn, with only 29 per cent believing Mr Hunt was the man for the job.

A surprising 88 per cent of councillors polled believed Mr Johnson was most likely to win, despite only 61 per cent planning to cast their own vote in the former London Mayor’s favour. 

Only 23 per cent questioned thought Brexit should be delayed if a deal couldn’t be reached – rather than exit with no-deal. 

When asked if they would support a Conservative electoral pact with The Brexit Party to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of No.10 62 per cent agreed they would. 

Boris Johnson is pictured leaving the flat he shares with Carrie Symonds in Camberwell on Friday morning. Neighbours called police to the south London flat after hearing a loud altercation between Mr Johnson and his 31-year-old lover

Boris Johnson is pictured leaving the flat he shares with Carrie Symonds in Camberwell on Friday morning. Neighbours called police to the south London flat after hearing a loud altercation between Mr Johnson and his 31-year-old lover

Boris Johnson is pictured leaving the flat he shares with Carrie Symonds in Camberwell on Friday morning. Neighbours called police to the south London flat after hearing a loud altercation between Mr Johnson and his 31-year-old lover

Miss Symonds is said to have been heard screaming at Mr Johnson to get out of the flat in a Victorian House in Camberwell, south London that she bought last year and lives in with her lover (pictured)

Miss Symonds is said to have been heard screaming at Mr Johnson to get out of the flat in a Victorian House in Camberwell, south London that she bought last year and lives in with her lover (pictured)

Miss Symonds is said to have been heard screaming at Mr Johnson to get out of the flat in a Victorian House in Camberwell, south London that she bought last year and lives in with her lover (pictured)

Could Boris Johnson’s personal life be a liability to his chances of becoming PM?

Mr Johnson’s team refused to comment tonight, and will be hoping the episode can be dismissed as a personal tiff.

But it plays into concerns among MPs that Mr Johnson’s volatile personal life could be a liability, and could be raised in a frantic slew of hustings events the candidates are about to embark on.

Mr Johnson announced he was splitting from second wife Marina Wheeler just before his relationship with Ms Symonds – former media chief at the Conservative Party – became public.

If he succeeds Theresa May, Mr Johnson is likely to earn the dubious record of being the first PM in modern times to divorce while in Downing Street.

During the campaign Mr Johnson has faced pressure to state how many children he has.

Both the BBC’s Emma Barnett and ITV’s Piers Morgan have grilled his supporters on why Mr Johnson was seemingly unwilling to face questions about his public and private life – including about the number of offspring.

Mr Johnson has four children with his wife Marina Wheeler who he separated from last year with the pair now in the process of getting divorced.

In 2013 it emerged that Mr Johnson had fathered a child in an extramarital affair with Helen Macintyre, a professional art consultant, and the Court of Appeal ruled that the public did have the right to know about it after a privacy battle to keep the birth a secret.

The daughter was alleged during court proceedings to be the second child fathered by Mr Johnson as a result of an affair, according to The Guardian.

Mr Johnson previously hit the headlines in the 2000s over an affair with socialite Petronella Wyatt. She allegedly had an abortion as a result of the relationship.

Mr Hunt has been stressing his own apparently idyllic family life during his campaign up to now, as well as suggesting Mr Johnson cannot be ‘trusted’ by the EU.

 

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