Johnson refuses to comment on row with partner

Boris Johnson
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The favourite to lead the Conservative Party Boris Johnson, is refusing to provide any answers on an argument with his partner yesterday, in which police responded.

Speaking at a hustings event in Birmingham, Johnson responded to questions on it by saying people did not ‘want to hear’ about what happened.

The UK newspaper the Guardian, Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds, was overheard saying ‘get off me’ and ‘get out of my flat.’

According to the recording made of the argument, Johnson was not heeding Symond’s demand for him to leave her flat as well as telling her ‘get off’ his laptop. A loud noise of something crashing is then heard.

The recording is understood to have come from a neighbor Mr Tom Penn, who captured the argument which took place in the early hours of Friday.  Following screams are numerous sounds of ‘slamming and banging.’

Symonds who is understood to a former director of communications for the Conservative party, is reported to have accused Johnson of being spoiled and having no regard for money.

Speaking to the Guardian, Penn said that once he had determined ‘no one was harmed,’ he felt compelled to contact the paper and share the recording. He said it was in the public interest.

‘I believe it is reasonable for someone who is likely to become our next prime minister to be held accountable for all of their words, actions and behaviours. I, along with a lot of my neighbours all across London, voted to remain within the EU. That is the extent of my involvement in politics,’ Penn said.

Pressed for response

At the hustings event, Johnson was asked a number of times for a response on the incident to which the MP dodged the question.

After presenter Iain Dale accused Johnson of dodging, Johnson said that he was happy to be asked about what he wanted to do about the country.

‘You are running for the office of not just Conservative Party leader, but prime minister, so a lot of people who admire your politics do call into question your character, and it is incumbent on you to answer that question,’ Dale said.

A few more times followed with Johnson finally saying that he would not be commenting further on the subject.

This was the first of 16 hustings in which the two remaining candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are hoping to replace former leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May.