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“Don’t be a coward, buy her a bunch of flowers and apologise,” Hunt tells Johnson

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt has urged his Conservative Party leadership rival Boris Johnson to "man up" and buy Carrie Symonds a bunch of flowers. 

Police were called to the south London flat Mr Johnson shares with his partner Carrie Symonds on Saturday night after a neighbour heard a loud argument and the couple "slamming and banging" - not a euphemism.

The concerned neighbour, who recorded the row in full, called the Metropolitan Police when it became clear that a police presence would make for a better story in The Guardian.

Following the dispute, Mr Johnson, who is currently the favourite to win the Tory leadership contest, is believed to have spent the weekend hiding from both the press and Ms Symonds on his good friend David Cameron's sofa. 

With Johnson's personal failings threatening to overshadow his professional failings ahead of Tuesday's Sky News leadership debate, rival, Jeremy Hunt accused him of being a coward and urged him to make up with Symonds. 

"Boris has gone on record as a supporter of a no-deal Brexit," Mr Hunt told reporters. 

"And if we look at his current situation I think we can all draw parallels with leaving the EU in a huff without even stopping to pack a spare pair of underpants.

"My advice to Boris would be to stop being a coward, find the nearest 24-hour garage, buy some flowers and a couple of those big purple Quality Streets and start begging to be allowed back in."

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk later weighed in on the matter issuing a statement in which he expresses his preference for the green triangular type of giant Quality Street and ornamental daisies. 

Tory leadership decided with game of Whiff-Whaff

Brexit Table Tennis

Boris Johnson will face Jeremy Hunt across the Whiff-Whaff table in the final sporting round of the Conservative leadership contest. 

The Tory leadership battle has entered its final stage with the serious candidate, along with Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab and Michael Gove, eliminated in the Judges' Houses round.

Under the arcane rules of the 1922 Committee the two remaining, or indeed Brexiting, candidates must now face each other “mano a mano”. 

Traditionally the final round of the selection process has been a fight to the death, but the rules have once again been amended in favour of Mr Johnson, who is not allowed near sharp objects on health and safety grounds. 

With pistols also ruled out over fears that both candidates could sustain serious foot injuries, further delaying the anointment of Theresa May's successor, the next prime minister will now be the first man to score 11 points at the Whiff-Whaff table. 

The game of Whiff-Whaff, or Table Tennis if you were born after 1892, features two grown men batting a lightweight ball back and forth until one drops it and a point is scored, much like Prime Minister's Questions.

Success in the game requires an expert application of spin, giving Mr Johnson a natural advantage, but backers of the "Big Rice" have pointed out that Mr Hunt has occasionally described his wife as Chinese, and that she may have been coaching him on his ball control.  

The match will not be televised as broadcasters agree the public has already seen enough coverage of sweaty old Etonians frantically paddling their balls in the hope of becoming the next prime minister.