Boris Johnson defensive, evasive, and favourite for No 10

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Frontrunner comes under pressure over issues including tax cuts and Islamophobia

Boris Johnson has been forced on to the defensive in a fractious five-way Tory leadership debate, coming under pressure on issues from Islamophobia to his plan to cut taxes for top earners.

The former foreign secretary remains overwhelming favourite to be Britain’s next prime minister after winning the second round of voting among Conservative MPs convincingly, with 126 votes of the 313 cast.

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