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Rishi Sunak reveals Boris Johnson now refuses to take his calls

It’s all a bit awkward between the pair at the moment (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Rishi Sunak – the underdog wanting to take over from Boris Johnson – has revealed relations between the two haven’t been too rosy since he resigned from the cabinet.

The former chancellor says Mr Johnson now refuses to take his calls each time he phones him.

He took part in a hustings hosted by the Daily Telegraph last night alongside arch rival Liz Truss, who he is battling to become the leader of the Conservative Party.

Camilla Tominey, the paper’s associate editor, asked whether Rishi had spoken with Boris since resigning from his post.

He revealed: ‘I’ve messaged and called, but unsurprisingly he hasn’t returned my calls.’

Mr Sunak caused quite the controversy when he resigned from cabinet, with critics like Nadine Dorries accusing him of being a backstabber.

Rishi Sunak resigned from cabinet over Boris Johnson’s handling of the Chris Pincher scandal (Picture: PA)
Boris Johnson is now apparently ghosting his former chancellor (Picture: No 10 Downing Street)

Alongside former health secretary Sajid Javid, Mr Sunak wrote a scathing resignation letter in July saying he no longer had faith in the Prime Minister because of the Chris Pincher scandal.

Mr Pincher resigned from the government at the end of June as deputy chief whip after allegedly assaulting two guests the evening before at the Carlton Club, a Tory private members’ establishment in London.

At first, Mr Johnson and Downing Street said they were not aware of any ‘specific allegations’ about Mr Pincher when he was appointed to the whip’s office, but it was soon revealed Boris knew about the allegations as far back as 2019.

Mr Johnson was then forced to resign, after a humiliating number of ministers followed suit behind Mr Sunak and Mr Javid by resigning.

More recently, the Tory party has come under criticism for blue on blue fighting, with both leadership candidates – Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak – refusing to provide specific details as to how they will help people with the cost of living crisis.

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