On Friday, the Guardian broke an explosive story about Johnson’s personal life that may derail his run for party leader and prime minister. They reported that he and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds had such an explosive argument that their neighbours were forced to call the police, and had a recording of parts of the row that could be heard from outside.
The neighbours told the Guardian “There was a smashing sound of what sounded like plates. There was a couple of very loud screams that I’m certain were Carrie and she was shouting to ‘get out’ a lot". They also provided an audio recording of the incident, which was used by the paper to verify their account. The police attended the incident, such was the severity of the argument and fear of the neighbours that one of the couple were in physical danger during it.
Ms Symonds has since claimed that she was 'stitched up' by an anti-Brexit neighbour, and that she is now 'scared' to go home because she sees the story as being part of a local hate campaign against her.
The incident has hit Johnson's prospects in the polls. A poll conducted on Saturday showed Johnson's lead fall from 8 points to 3 points amongst Tory members, which is within the margin of error. National polling how shows that Tory voters have reacted even more strongly. Survation found that Johnson's lead had fallen from 27% to 11% when asked who would be the best prime minister.
The story was front page news, including in traditionally Conervative supporting newspapers. The Daily Mail ran the headline "Police called in after Boris row with girlfiend: 'Get off me... Get out of my flat'". Johnson is still considered the favourite to succeed Theresa May as Tory leader and prime minister by most insiders and bookmakers, based on his Brexit stance and credentials.
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