Boris braces for last big test in Tory leadership battle

Mail Online | 7/15/2019 | James Tapsfield, Political Editor, For Mailonline
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Jeremy Hunt today insisted the Tory leadership battle is not over - as he braced to go head-to-head with Boris Johnson for the last time.

With just a week to go until the new PM is named, Mr Johnson and the Foreign Secretary will be grilled for 90 minutes under the glare of cameras.

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Mr Johnson is thought to be well ahead of his rival in the contest for votes from party members - with senior figures such as Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid, Matt Hancock and Liz Truss already jockeying for Cabinet posts in the new era.

There are claims the former London mayor is already making plans for his first 100 days in office, including an early trip to the US to try to thrash out a trade deal.

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But a defiant Mr Hunt, who has spent the day in Brussels holding talks with EU counterparts on the Iran crisis, insisted the result was still up for grabs.

'Getting back to the UK and reading a raft of stories that assume Boris will be next PM,' he tweeted.

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'Don’t! We have been getting huge numbers of switchers, won both the ITV debate and Neil interview and this all depends on how far Boris was ahead at start which no one knows... '

The Tory contenders will take part in a debate, hosted by The Sun and talkRadio, in front of a live studio audience in London tonight.

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Mr Johnson remains the clear favourite to enter Downing Street on July 24, as polls show he is the choice of an overwhelming majority of activists.

However, supporters of Mr Hunt insist he has been gaining ground with an increasingly aggressive campaign - including questioning Mr Johnson's character and branding him a 'coward'.

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The last encounter on ITV last week was a spiky affair dominated by the fallout...
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