Channel 4 to ’empty chair’ Boris Johnson at Tory leadership TV debate

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Frontrunner refuses invite, but will take part in a similar BBC-hosted event two days later

Boris Johnson will be represented by an empty podium in a television debate on Sunday night as his five remaining rivals to be Britain’s next prime minister fight it out for a place alongside him in the ballot of Conservative members.

The former foreign secretary declined an invitation to participate in the Channel 4 leadership debate, saying he feared it would be “cacophonous”.

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