Boris Johnson has refused to answer questions about reports of a row between him and his partner in which police were called.
Speaking at a Tory Party hustings in Birmingham, Mr Johnson said people did not “want to hear” about the reported row between him and Carrie Symonds.
The Guardian had said Ms Symonds was heard telling the Tory MP to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.
Police said they spoke to all occupants of the address, who were safe and well.
In the first of 16 hustings events, Mr Johnson and Jeremy Hunt made their pitches to an audience of party members to succeed Theresa May as prime minister.
Mr Johnson was asked about the incident a number of times by hustings moderator Iain Dale, an LBC radio presenter, but each time avoided answering the question.
After being accused by Mr Dale of ducking the question, Mr Johnson did not respond directly, instead saying: “People are entitled to ask me what I want to do for the country.”
Mr Dale pressed again, telling Mr Johnson: “If the police are called to your home it makes it everyone’s business.
“You are running for the office of not just Conservative Party leader, but prime minister, so a lot of people who admire your politics do call into question your character, and it is incumbent on you to answer that question.”
In response, Mr Johnson accepted this was “a fair point” and said he “was a man who keeps to political promises”.
Pressed another two times on the issue, Mr Johnson said it was “pretty obvious from the foregoing” he would not be making further comments on the incident.
Mr Dale was jeered by members of the audience at one point during the exchange, but Mr Johnson responded by telling the crowd “not to boo the great man”.
The report of the row between Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds in the Guardian said a neighbour had told the newspaper they heard a woman screaming followed by “slamming and banging” in the early hours of Friday.
It said that in the recording – heard by the Guardian, but not by the BBC – Mr Johnson was refusing to leave the flat and telling the woman to “get off” his laptop before there was a loud crashing noise.
Ms Symonds is reported to be heard saying that the MP had ruined a sofa with red wine, adding: “You just don’t care for anything because you’re spoilt. You have no care for money or anything.”
‘Important public interest’
The neighbour who made the recording has since come forward to explain his reasons for contacting the Guardian about the row.
Tom Penn, 29, said he and his wife had concerns for their neighbour’s safety.
He told the paper: “Once clear that no one was harmed, I contacted the Guardian, as I felt it was of important public interest.
“I believe it is reasonable for someone who is likely to become our next prime minister to be held accountable for all of their words, actions and behaviours.
“I, along with a lot of my neighbours all across London, voted to remain within the EU. That is the extent of my involvement in politics.”
Mr Johnson’s relationship with Ms Symonds – a former director of communications for the Conservative party – became public after Mr Johnson and his wife, Marina Wheeler, announced they were divorcing in 2018.
Ms Symonds was seen in the audience during Mr Johnson’s leadership campaign launch on 12 June.
By BBC News political correspondent Jonathan Blake
Nobody can say that Conservative Party members don’t have a choice.
The contrast between the two candidates to be their new leader and the UK’s next prime minister was clear to see on stage in Birmingham.
Both men gave performances which reaffirmed their strengths and weaknesses as politicians.
Boris Johnson delivered soaring rhetoric, swerved the specifics and worked the room with cheeky asides and shameless flattery.
Jeremy Hunt stressed his serious side, played it straight and gave carefully considered answers.
Mr Johnson looked a little uncomfortable at times, asking at one point “how much longer have we got?”
Mr Hunt seemed keen to convey a softer side – his best friend coming out on the last day of school was one of many anecdotes.
Supporters of each will have likely left the event further convinced that their favourite is the man for the job – and those yet to decide have some food for thought.
One down, 15 to go.
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Tunbridge Wells (day three)|
|Kent 309 & 277-3: Denly 111*, Bell-Drummond 79; Pattinson 2-67|
|Nottinghamshire 267: Nash 67, Patel 52; Milnes 5-68|
|Kent (6 pts) lead Notts (5 pts) by 319 runs|
England batsman Joe Denly scored a fine unbeaten century to help put Kent in charge against winless Nottinghamshire at Tunbridge Wells.
Denly made 111 not out off 176 balls as the hosts closed day three on 277-3 in their second innings, a lead of 319.
A 152 stand with Daniel Bell-Drummond (79) took the game away from Notts.
In the morning session the visitors collapsed from 208-4 to 267 all out, with paceman Matt Milnes (5-68) taking a first five-wicket haul of his career.
Denly, who was left out of England’s World Cup squad, had only scored 44 runs in five County Championship innings as he came to the crease at 19-1.
But the 33-year-old rediscovered the form which saw him score more than 2,000 first-class runs and nine hundreds in the 2017 and 2018 campaigns, hitting 13 fours and spending more than four hours in the middle.
Bell-Drummond was also impressive in making his second half-century in 14 innings this season before he nicked James Pattinson behind.
A heavy shower ended play 11 overs early, time out of the game that may well affect Kent’s chances of winning.
Nottinghamshire, who are bottom of Division One, had begun the day hoping of a first-innings lead – but once captain Steven Mullaney was bowled by Milnes to leave them 228-5, the innings folded.
Mullaney’s side are now likely to have to bat for the majority of three sessions on Thursday to prevent a fourth loss in seven matches.
|Specsavers County Championship Division Two, Radlett|
|Middlesex 151-3 (51 overs): Robson 85*|
|Glamorgan: Yet to bat|
|Middlesex 0 pts, Glamorgan 1 pt|
Sam Robson’s season-best score of 85 not out gave Middlesex a solid start as they reached 151-3 against Glamorgan on a rain-shortened first day at Radlett.
After a lost morning, Robson looked composed in bowler-friendly cloudy conditions, with a green-tinged strip for Radlett’s first Championship game.
Despite an opening stand of 77 with Stevie Eskinazi (31), Robson’s partners looked less assured.
David Lloyd, Graham Wagg and Marchant de Lange claimed a wicket each.
The hosts did well to survive relatively unscathed after being put in to bat by Lloyd.
But Glamorgan’s seamers notched up plenty of near-misses.
Middlesex batsman Sam Robson told BBC Sport Wales:
“It was tough. They bowled well, so it was pleasing. We’re happy with where we’re at.
“We’ve played a bit here and trained here so we knew what it was like. The ground staff have done a great job here considering the weather over the last week and a half.
“There was still good value for shots, so we knew if we could hang in, there were scoring opportunities.
“I’ve not got as many as I would have liked over the last few weeks, so it was good to be back in the runs. Hopefully I can keep going.”
Glamorgan captain David Lloyd told BBC Sport Wales:
“A frustrating day, we did bowl pretty well in parts and probably deserved a couple more wickets. Another day we could have got them five or six down but it wasn’t meant to be.
“We’ll look to go bang-bang in the morning and put the pressure back on them.
“When you come to out grounds you know what to expect. It’s a lovely ground and a nice wicket.
“The lads reacted well because it might have drifted away but we got wickets. It’s a shame we couldn’t have got one more but not a bad day.”
Richard Essien, aka Magical Bones, started out breakdancing on London’s South Bank.
But as well as dancing he has a passion for magic.
After performing at gigs including Madonna’s son’s 10th birthday party, he is now travelling the world with his magic-inspired dancing act.
A mother walking with her three-year-old son asleep in a pushchair was stabbed after she refused to hand over her mobile phone.
Christel Stainfield-Bruce, 36, was approached by a teenager in Islington, north London, on Friday afternoon who initially asked her for directions.
He then said “give me your phone” and after she said “no” he stabbed her in the thigh before fleeing empty-handed.
She was told at hospital she was lucky the knife missed a major artery.
The nursery worker said: “It feels so unnecessary.
“There was no gain, he didn’t even get my phone or bag or anything, but it must be a symptom of a wider problem.
“What is the state of the country when young children are causing a big wound to people they don’t know, with people you’ve got no history with? What’s going through the these people’s heads?”
The mother-of-three said she was surprised by how young her attacker – thought to be between 14 and 16 – was.
She said he had stopped her in Caedmon Road at about 16:45 BST on Friday and asked her for directions to the nearby Emirates Stadium, which she gave.
He then demanded her phone and when she refused, he stabbed her in the left thigh and fled in the direction of the Tollington and Holloway Road area.
Ms Stainfield-Bruce’s husband Quinn said his wife “didn’t scream out because she didn’t want to wake our son who was asleep in the pushchair” and tied her jumper around the wound before phoning 999.
Mr Stainfield-Bruce said his wife was “insanely lucky”, adding “she could have been paralysed or died”.
She was taken to hospital where she was discharged early on Saturday and is now recovering at home.
The Met said no arrests had been made.
Officers said the suspect was 5ft 3in tall black male of large build, wearing dark-coloured clothing, including a jacket and trucker-style cap.
Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh has died at the age of 49 – five days after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Edinburgh, who guided Orient back into the English Football League in 2018-19, had been taken to hospital on Monday.
“We are completely heartbroken by this tragedy,” Orient chairman Nigel Travis told the club’s website.
Edinburgh, who won the FA Cup as a Spurs player, managed Northampton Town, Gillingham and Newport County before moving to Orient in November 2017.
“All our thoughts and love are with the Edinburgh family and we know from the messages that have flooded into the club over the last week that the wider football world will share our sentiments,” added Travis.
“The success that Justin brought to Leyton Orient was incredible, but more importantly the impact he had on us all as a winner and a wonderful, inspirational human being will be his legacy and will stay with us forever.
“All our thoughts are with Justin’s wife Kerri and their children Charlie and Cydnie.”
Success as player and manager
After turning professional at Southend, Edinburgh – a left-back – spent a decade playing for Tottenham, making 258 appearances and winning the FA Cup in 1991 and League Cup in 1999 before moving to Portsmouth.
He became player-manager of non-league Billericay Town in 2003 before spells at Fisher Athletic and Rushden and Diamonds.
His managerial breakthrough came at Newport County, whom he led to promotion to League Two in 2013 having guided them to the FA Trophy final a year earlier.
A 23-month spell at Gillingham from January 2015 followed, before nine months at Northampton in 2016-2017.
He was appointed Orient boss in November of 2017, and led the club to 45 wins in his 82 games in charge.
Orient pay tribute to ‘amazing and inspirational’ Edinburgh
Orient striker Macauley Bonne tweeted: “There are no words to describe the loss of our gaffer, our leader & inspiration. He brought us all together – we’re eternally grateful for everything you’ve done.”
Fellow forward James Alabi said he was “absolutely broken” while defender Jamie Turley said he was:“Devastated and lost for words at the loss of this great man. It was an honour to play for him. Truly an amazing and inspirational person in all aspects.”
Defender Marvin Ekpiteta tweeted he was “lost for words” while winger James Brophy posted: “A wonderful man, who had a positive impact on everyone he met no matter how much time you’d spent with him! Never be forgotten! Thank you for everything.”
BBC London’s Orient reporter Dave Victor tweeted: “Justin Edinburgh was a man of great integrity who commanded respect.
“Justin was a winner. His passion for the game he loved, together with his ability to inspire, enabled others to achieve so much.”
‘Players adored him and journalists loved him’
BBC Sport Wales reporter Michael Pearlman, who covered Newport County for the local newspaper when Justin was manager:
It is no surprise to see such a rush from people within football paying tribute to Justin Edinburgh.
While he spent virtually his entire playing career at the top level, Edinburgh had to do it the tough way in management, starting at the bottom.
Because of his character and ability, Edinburgh thrived at Billericay, Fisher and Rushden before I encountered him when he arrived at Newport County.
Just as he did with Orient – either side of spells at Gillingham and Northampton – he took a club on its knees and made it proud again, going from relegation worries to promotion in unthinkably quick time.
Players adored him because he knew how they wanted to be treated, and we as journalists loved him because whatever the result, he was always happy to be available and accountable, happy to talk morning, noon or night. He even texted me on my wedding day.
I saw him go above and beyond in giving his time to supporters and the community time and time again and will remember him very fondly for his sense of humour, passion for football and, mainly, his dedication to his family.
His loss will be felt enormously.
Tottenham’s 1991 FA Cup winners ‘devastated’
Edinburgh was in the Spurs side that beat Nottingham Forest in the 1991 FA Cup final.
Gary Lineker, a team-mate that day and now BBC Match of the Day presenter, tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear that Justin Edinburgh has passed away.
“He was an excellent coach and a terrific full-back who was a delight to share a dressing room with and have as a team-mate.”
Paul Stewart, who scored Spurs’ equaliser in the 1991 final said he was “gutted” while Steve Sedgley tweeted: “Devastated, A sad, sad, day, a truly great person.”
Meanwhile, former Spurs player and manager Glenn Hoddle tweeted he was “devastated” by “the very sad and tragic news”.
Tributes to ‘a true professional’ and ‘wonderful man’
Edinburgh’s former clubs were also among those to express their grief.
Southend, his first team as a player, sent their “thoughts and heartfelt condolences” to Edinburgh’s family and friends and “everyone at Leyton Orient”.
Newport County tweeted they were “saddened” by the news, while Northampton Town said: “Everyone at Northampton Town Football Club is shocked and deeply saddened.”
Gillingham tweeted: “The thoughts of everybody at Gillingham Football Club are with Justin Edinburgh’s friends, family and colleagues at Leyton Orient at this very difficult time. Such sad news. RIP Justin Edinburgh.”
League Managers’ Association chairman Howard Wilkinson said: “Justin will be remembered by all in the game as a true professional. A hard-working man who became successful as a player at the highest level of the game and turned his love of football into a lifelong career as a coach and as a manager.”
Gary Neville, who co-owns Salford City – who were beaten to the National League title by Orient, described Edinburgh as “a champion that managed a team that played with your spirit”.
Carlisle United director of football David Holdsworth said: “Justin was a close personal friend and everyone is devastated at this news.
“He was a football man through and through and an extremely professional and well-respected player and manager. Words can’t explain how sad we are and our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
An Army veteran grabbed his mother around the neck and shouted “you’re dead” years before killing a Britain’s Got Talent finalist, a court heard.
Desmond Sylva, 41, stabbed his partner Simonne Kerr more than 70 times in August 2018, the Old Bailey heard.
In March 2010 he had been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent to his mother, but the case was dropped.
Sylva has admitted manslaughter but denies murder, claiming his depression impaired his mental function.
The court has previously heard Ms Kerr, 31, was attacked at a flat in Clapham, South London, with a kitchen knife after she returned from work at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital on 15 August.
In a witness statement read to the court, Mr Sylva’s mother Patricia King said in 2010 he had been staying with her and had been upset about the prospect of his then wife not returning from Germany with their child.
While she was reading a text message, Mr Sylva grabbed her round the neck saying “help help”, the court heard.
Ms King responded: “Sparrow, it’s me your mother,” and he allegedly replied: “Mother, you’re dead.”
Jurors were told he put his arm around her neck and put his fingers down her throat to stop her calling for help.
He forced her to the ground and straddled her as he continued to say “mother you’re dead”, the court heard.
Prosecutor Louise Oakley said Ms King told police she remembered “blood coming from her mouth before she passed out”.
Mr Sylva was charged in relation to the incident in March 2010, but Ms King withdrew the allegation, saying she was not willing to give evidence against her son.
Jurors have heard Iraq war veteran Mr Sylva had served in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers between 2002 and 2012 before he was discharged on medical grounds.
The trial continues.
Protesters against Donald Trump’s UK visit have launched a talking and moving robot named the “Trump-Dumper”.
The robot, which depicts President Trump sitting on the toilet, talks in a tongue-in-cheek fashion and takes on the US President’s sometimes controversial tweets.
Its creators hope its popularity overtakes the Donald Trump baby blimp which flew over London in 2018.
British retail tycoon Sir Philip Green has been charged in the US with four counts of misdemeanour assault.
The charges come after a fitness instructor in Arizona alleged that he repeatedly touched her inappropriately.
The incidents, which Sir Philip strenuously denies, allegedly occurred at the Canyon Ranch resort in Tucson in 2016 and 2018.
Pima County Attorney’s Office said each count carries a potential sentence of up to 30 days in jail.
Sir Philip could also face a fine of up to $500 (£400) and up to a year of probation on each count, the attorney’s office said.
The complainant said in a police interview that Sir Philip had slapped her bottom.
Sir Philip’s Arcadia Group owns the High Street chains Topshop, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, and Wallis.
A statement issued by Arcadia said: “Sir Philip strenuously denies these allegations and is disappointed that the charges have been filed in his absence and they are minor categories of misdemeanour in the United States.”
The statement said Sir Philip would be represented by his lawyer in court as he was not required to attend personally.
It added: “Contrary to previous suggestions in the media there is no allegation of any sexual assault or misconduct made by the prosecution.”
The charges against Sir Philip come as his business faces significant challenges, with nearly 50 stores due to close and MPs calling on him to use his own wealth to fund the company’s pension scheme.
He was also at the centre of controversy earlier this year when he took out an injunction barring the Daily Telegraph from reporting allegations of misconduct against him by employees, which included bullying along with sexual and racial abuse, allegations the businessman strongly denied. He later dropped the injunction.
A date for the first court hearing has been set for 19 June at Pima County Court.
Seven men have been convicted over a “cowardly” gang attack in north London in which a man was stabbed to death and his brother suffered brain injuries.
Edmond Jonuzi, 35, also known as Edmond Preci, was killed in the assault near Turnpike Lane station on 9 June 2018.
His brother, Eraldi Preci, was left with a fractured skull.
Bilal Mumin, 20, from Finchley Road, Hampstead, was found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey on Tuesday. Six men were convicted of violent disorder.
Saydomar Mohammed, 21, Ranelagh Road, Tottenham, was found guilty of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.
Tenzin Massiah, 23, of Strode Road, Tottenham, Abdul Mohamed, 22, of Tottenhall Road, Enfield, Ismail Mohammed, 21, of Chichester Road, Enfield, Rayan Saleh, 24, of no fixed abode and Eldar Iliazi, 21, of Alexandra Park Road, Wood Green, were all convicted of violent disorder.
Police said the defendants had spent the day hanging around the Duckett’s Common area, in Haringey, drinking, fighting and engaged in acts of anti-social behaviour.
The court heard the young men, who all knew each other and were all involved in drug dealing, felt they “owned” the area.
Mr Jonuzi and Mr Preci, both Albanian nationals, were threatened by one of the group as they made their way home from dinner with their cousins.
An altercation began that quickly escalated into a “disproportionately one-sided attack” as the pair were set upon by the group of men.
Mr Jonuzi sustained 19 separate injuries to his body, including a stab wound to the heart.
The brothers’ mother, Dava Preci, who was unable to travel from Albania for the trial, said in a statement: “On 9 June my world changed forever, leaving me so broken and empty inside.
“I am left to relive the images of the fear and pain my sons went through over and over again. I can no longer sleep in peace.”
Det Insp Garry Moncrieff said: “Edmond and his brother were overwhelmed during the altercation by a large group of men in a cowardly and callous assault, which led to his family grieving the loss of one son and coping with the serious injuries caused to another.”
The date for sentencing has yet to be set.