Boris Johnson says he’s ‘proud’ of his gaffes as he heads for landslide victory in Tory leadership contest – The Sun

BORIS Johnson has declared he is “proud” of his gaffes — as a poll showed he is on course to enter Downing Street with a landslide victory.

The Times reported last night that 74 per cent of Tory party members back him for leader.

Jeremy Hunt is trailing behind with just 26 per cent of the vote according to the YouGov poll taken as Tories receive their ballot papers. An overwhelming majority — 77 per cent — think Mr Johnson’s private life is not relevant to whether he would make a good prime minister.

Mr Hunt urged Tory members to wait and see him in action in next week's televised debates with Mr Johnson before they voted.

"Try before you buy", he said in an interview with The Times.

Mr Johnson reacted with anger yesterday to revelations PM Theresa May kept top secret information from him when he was Foreign Secretary over fears he would blab it.

The Tory leadership front-runner insisted it was “not true”.

And a No 10 spokeswoman insisted Mrs May “trusts” Mr Johnson.

Quizzed on his gaffes during a hustings in Darlington, Co Durham, he said: “Yes I have, and I’m proud of many of them.

“Very often, a gaffe turns out to be the unvarnished [truth].”

But a minister who worked with Boris told The Sun: “He’s lazy, he doesn’t read his briefs carefully and he’s a blabbermouth.”

He'd earn £530k less

LANDING the PM job would leave Boris Johnson worse off, he admitted yesterday.

He rakes in £600,000 from a Telegraph column, speeches and book royalties on top of his £79,468 MP salary. The PM earns £150,000.

Mr Johnson said: “It is obviously possible to make more money by not being a full-time politician.”

Jeremy Hunt’s camp rapped him “bemoaning his wealth.”

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