Key events in the Tory leadership contest this week
It is the first full week of national campaigning for Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt face a series of tests over the coming days as the national campaign for the Tory leadership gets into full swing.
The two contenders have been invited to appear in a head-to-head debate on Sky News, but Mr Johnson has declined, leading to Mr Hunt telling him: “Don’t be a coward Boris, man up and show the nation you can cope with the intense scrutiny.”
All set to chair #Toryleadershipdebate on @SkyNews next Tuesday. @Jeremy_Hunt agreed to take part but @BorisJohnson has said no. Really? 🤷♀️— Kay Burley (@KayBurley) June 21, 2019
The set’s built, the Tory supporting audience primed.
Are you really going to let them and YOUR country down, Boris?
A “digital hustings” has been organised by Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) as part of the contest.
The second hustings for Tory members will take place in southern England. The first event, in Birmingham on Saturday, saw activists jeer host Iain Dale as he asked Mr Johnson about the row with girlfriend Carrie Symonds that saw police called to their home.
Another chance for Tory members to see their next leader and prime minister in action, with a hustings in south-west England.
Two more hustings – one in the Lakes and Borders region and another in north-west England.