BORIS JOHNSON was mobbed by female admirers as he attended the latest Tory leadership hustings with rival Jeremy Hunt last night.
But the frontrunner in the contest was clearly not everyone’s cup of tea — as others, including work and pensions secretary Amber Rudd, greeted his arrival at the event by holding up placards reading: ‘Has to be Hunt.’
The debate in Maidstone, Kent, came two days after the pair took part in an ill-tempered clash on ITV. Meanwhile grassroots party website, Conservative Home, claimed Mr Johnson has already won the contest to be the next prime minister.
Its survey of 1,300 members found 72 per cent supported former foreign secretary Mr Johnson, with just 28 per cent backing current foreign secretary Mr Hunt. Crucially, 71 per cent said they have already sent their ballot papers back to Tory HQ.
The winner of the race will be announced on Tuesday July 23. He will take over as prime minister the following day.