Boris Johnson has come under intense pressure owing to figures in his party on Sunday, to explain reports of a domestic ‘row’ that led to police visit.
Following the incident, though still heavily backed to beat Jeremy Hunt to become Conservative Party leader and prime minister, a snap poll published in the Mail on Sunday suggest that the incident has cut his support.
The Guardian had reported that a neighbour alerted the police early on Friday when he heard a loud altercation involving screams, shouts and ‘bangs’ at the South London property. The paper disclosed that Johnson’s partner, Carrie Symonds could be heard telling the former foreign secretary to ‘get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat’.
But the former London mayor refused to answer questions saying, “I don’t think people want to hear about that kind of thing” and that “We need to get Brexit done”.
Former Tory foreign office minister Alan Duncan had told the Guardian that his former boss now had “a big question mark over his head”, adding that Johnson had shown a “lack of discipline” throughout his career.
According to Survation poll in the Mail on Sunday, Johnson saw a 7% decline in support as Hunt is now the preferred candidate to become prime minister among voters.