Boris Johnson concedes to BBC’s Tory leadership debate but snubs Channel 4

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Boris Johnson leaving his home today. He said that a debate on Sunday between six rivals would be too “cacophonous”WILL OLIVER/EPA

Boris Johnson will take part in a BBC debate with his Tory leadership rivals on Tuesday but will avoid Channel 4’s on Sunday.

The firm favourite to succeed Theresa May as prime minister is expected to be replaced with an empty lectern on the stage this weekend.

In a surprise interview on BBC Radio 4’s World At One today, the former foreign secretary complained that having six people in Sunday’s debate would make it too “cacophonous” but that he was willing to take part in one on Tuesday after at least one more candidate had been eliminated.

Mr Johnson’s concession came amid intensifying criticism for his refusal to commit to debates. This morning all his remaining opponents signed a joint statement committing themselves to both…

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