John­son drums up Cotswolds sup­port ahead of hus­tings

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» BORIS John­son was in Glouces­ter­shire ahead of the Con­ser­va­tive Party lead­er­ship hus­tings to­mor­row (July 12) as he fights to be­come Prime Min­is­ter.

The front-run­ner to be the next leader of the Con­ser­va­tive Party was in Cirences­ter on Tuesday drum­ming up sup­port in the county.

Mr John­son ap­peared on his Twit­ter page in a Cotswolds field with a large crowd be­hind him.

The tweet read: “A huge amount of sup­port here in Glouces­ter­shire this af­ter­noon!

“Work­ing to­gether we will leave the EU by Oc­to­ber 31st, with or with­out a deal, so we can be­gin to unite our coun­try and then de­feat Jeremy Cor­byn.”

Hus­tings for the Tory lead­er­ship will fea­ture both Mr John­son and his ri­val, For­eign Sec­re­tary Jeremy Hunt.

De­tails, in­clud­ing the pro­posed venue, are a closely guarded se­cret and party of­fi­cials will only con­firm that one of the hus­tings will be in the “Glouces­ter­shire area”.

MPS for Chel­tenham, Glouces­ter, Tewkes­bury and the For­est of Dean – Alex Chalk, Richard Gra­ham, Lau­rence Robert­son and Mark Harper, re­spec­tively – said they would all pro­vide a friendly wel­come for the can­di­dates.

Mr Harper him­self took part in the lead­er­ship bid at the be­gin­ning of the cam­paign.

Af­ter kick­ing things off in Birm­ing­ham in June, Mr John­son and Mr Hunt have both toured the coun­try in their bid to se­cure sup­port for the Con­ser­va­tive Party lead­er­ship.

The 160,000 mem­bers of the party have been able to vote in the lead­er­ship elec­tion since July 6.

The win­ner is ex­pected to be an­nounced on July 23, with Theresa May re­sign­ing as Prime Min­is­ter the fol­low­ing day.

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