CONSERVATIVE LEADERSHIP UK Johnson and Hunt vow to stand up for UK diplomats


UK prime ministerial candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt vowed to stand up for Britain’s diplomats around the world.

Diplomatic memos from Darroch describing the Trump administration as “inept” were leaked to a British newspaper, infuriating the U.S. president, who launched a Twitter attack on both the envoy and outgoing prime minister Theresa May, who had given Darroch her full support.

Johnson pointedly refused to back Darroch during a televised debate on Tuesday, leading to accusations from fellow Conservative Party lawmakers that he had thrown the ambassador “under the bus” in order to bolster his own ties with Trump.

Conservative Party members have received and are now filling in their postal votes to determine who will lead their party and take over from Theresa May as prime minister on July 23.