By George Martin For Mailonline
Published: 22:16 BST, 8 July 2019 | Updated: 22:16 BST, 8 July 2019
Boris Johnson last night said he is prepared to be hated if he wins the race to become the next prime minister.
Suggesting he would be willing to make unpopular decisions, the Tory leadership frontrunner said he was accustomed to being disliked and he had a ‘thick skin’.
During the latest leadership hustings, Mr Johnson was asked whether he was ‘prepared to be hated’.
He replied: ‘Prepared? I am almost well accustomed to it – believe me, you need a thick skin in this business.’
Boris Johnson (pictured at hustings in Cardiff yesterday) is already facing a mounting rebellion from Tory moderates alarmed at his solemn pledge to take the UK out of the bloc by October 31 'come what may'
Mr Johnson told the audience he would not do deals with other parties, and again refused to rule out suspending Parliament to push through a No Deal Brexit on October 31.
His comments came as Theresa May was warned not to pack the House of Lords with her own cronies when she leaves Downing Street.
A cross-party committee of peers warned that it would be a mistake for the Prime Minister to hand out a slew of peerages as she resigns. The Lord Speaker’s committee on the size of the House praised