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After Thursday night, Johnson is still going to be prime minister

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Boris Johnson’s campaign to become prime minister has suffered a setback, but he will probably plough on to a slightly less overwhelming victory than he otherwise would have won.

Conservative Party members are likely to take liberal view of his row with his girlfriend, who was a key member of his campaign team. They may not all be as hyper-partisan as some of Johnson’s supporters who blamed the neighbours for calling the police, but their party loyalties make it likely that they will filter what they want to hear from the shouting.

Some of them may be disappointed to discover that the jovial polymath has another side to his character. What was surprising to most people was not that Johnson and Carrie Symonds had an argument, but that our likely prime minister has a temper.

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Sonia Purnell, who worked in the Telegraph office in Brussels with Johnson and later wrote a biography of him, said on the Today programme this morning his temper was “quite frightening” and “I don’t........

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