PIERS Morgan has blasted Boris Johnson for refusing to be interviewed – and being secretive amount the number of children he’s got.
The Good Morning Britain host said it was perfectly reasonable to ask a man who wants to be prime minister how many kids he has.
The front-runner in the Tory leadership race has been notably absent from several debates in the contest so far, and has kept a relatively low profile.
Piers said this morning: “Should we be entitled to ask the question? I think so, you should be allowed to know how many children the prime minister’s got.
“It’s not exactly a trade secret – or is it?”
He even claimed: “That’s the reason he’s not doing any interviews.”
Piers went on: “What’s the truth? How many kids have you got?
“He should be able to remember!
“Why can’t we ask him?
“It’s not a difficult question!”
But his co-host Susanna Reid argued that some would argue the subject was his personal life and could be “irrelevant” to the discussion about whether he should be the next PM.
Yesterday he was under pressure after one of his supporters, Johnny Mercer was grilled over the issue.
But the Tory MP replied: “I am not interested in Boris’ private or family life.”
Mr Johnson has four children with wife Marina, who he separated from last year.
But in 2013 it emerged he fathered a child in an affair with professional art consultant, Helen Macintyre.
It was also alleged that there could have been another child.
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Mr Johnson is now in a relationship with 31-year-old Carrie Symonds.
Another Boris-backer, James Cleverly, was quizzed on the issue yesterday by GMB.
He said: “Well I am not going to discuss the private lives of any of my Conservative colleagues.
“I don’t gossip about people’s private lives.”
His fellow rival candidate Rory Stewart also said: “I don’t know. I have no idea how many he has.”
What happens next in the Tory leadership race?
June 18: Second ballot of MPs, open 3pm-5pm; any candidate with fewer than 33 votes eliminated – all remaining candidates invited to take part in live debate on BBC One, starting at 8pm
June 19: Third ballot, open 3pm-5pm; candidate with fewest votes eliminated
June 20: Fourth ballot (if needed), open 10am-12pm; candidate with fewest votes eliminated – any further ballots needed will also take place on this day
June 22: Final two candidates take part in first members’ hustings, set to take place in Birmingham
July 8: Tory bosses send out postal votes to all party activists
July 22: Result announced this week – new Prime Minister takes over in time for Commons recess
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