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Boris Johnson refuses to comment after police called to his home following reports of altercation

Neighbours reportedly heard screaming, shouting and banging in the early hours of yesterday morning.

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Updated Jun 22nd 2019, 4:25 PM

PRIME MINISTERIAL CONTENDER Boris Johnson has refused to address why police were called to his London home after a neighbour reported an altercation yesterday morning.

Metropolitan Police say officers were called in the early hours of Friday to the home Johnson shares with partner Carrie Symonds, by someone “concerned for the welfare of a female neighbour”.

The Guardian newspaper said neighbours had reported hearing screaming, shouting and banging.

Police said officers found that all occupants were “safe and well” and no offences had been committed.

Asked by broadcaster Iain Dale at a hustings event this afternoon why police were called to his home, Johnson refused to comment. 

“So just to be clear, you’re not going to make any comment at all on what happened last night?” Dale asked the former Foreign Secretary. 

Johnson responded: “That’s pretty obvious from the foregoing.”

“I don’t think people want to hear about that kind of thing,” he told interviewer Dale.

Johnson instead tried to focus on his policies, saying “we need to get Brexit done” and promising to prepare Britain for a no deal exit from the EU, if a deal cannot be reached.

Johnson is favourite in a two-person race to become leader of the Conservative Party and Britain’s next prime minister.

Last year, he and his wife Marina Wheeler separated after 25 years of marriage.

Johnson’s spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment today.

On Thursday, Johnson secured more than half of Conservative MPs’ votes and is set to battle it out with Jeremy Hunt for the party leadership role, and consequently become the next British prime minister.

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