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Boris Johnson has shown his rivals up before on TV. He can do so again in the race to be PM

Boris standing up for Brexit in the EU referendum debates
Boris standing up for Brexit in the BBC's Wembley Arena EU referendum debate Credit: Getty Images 

Boris Johnson won so many votes from his fellow Tory MPs yesterday that his three nearest rivals, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove and Dominic Raab, would still trail him if they added the votes they got together. So it makes sense why they are so eager to face him in the studio.

All of Mr Johnson's rivals have agreed to appear on televised leadership debates this Sunday (on Channel 4) and Tuesday (on the BBC), with Channel 4 threatening to represent him with an empty lectern, in the hope of bouncing him into taking part. The Foreign Secretary went as far as to use Mr Johnson's authorship of a book on Winston Churchill against him, asking pointedly on the Today programme what "Churchill would say" about...

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