Boris Johnson today appeared to be mimicking Theresa May’s ‘naughtiest’ moment as he was caught running through what looked like a field of wheat.
The former Foreign Secretary, who is in the midst of a bitter row with the Prime Minister over her Brexit policy, was photographed in the field while out jogging in Oxfordshire today.
The Prime Minister – who is infamously awkward and was dubbed the ‘Maybot’ during the last election – memorably said that running in a field of wheat was the naughtiest thing she has ever done.
It comes after he launched another scathing attack on the PM’s Chequers plan – branding it ‘deranged’ in an interview with a Sunday newspaper.
Mr Johnson’s volley of onslaughts against Mrs May’s Brexit plans have overshadowed Tory party conference, which is taking place in Birmingham this week.
Boris Johnson (pictured today in Oxfordshire) appeared to be mimicking Theresa May’s ‘naughtiest’ moment as he was caught running through what looked a lot like a field of wheat
The former Foreign Secretary (pictured in Oxfordshire) who is in the midst of a bitter row with the Prime Minister over her Brexit policy, was photographed in the tall grass while out jogging
While the PM is in the Midlands trying to drum up support among her Tory activists, much of the press is camped out on Mr Johnson’s doorstep in Oxfordshire, where they photographed the ex minister out running today.
Mr Johnson used a Sunday Times interview to describe Mrs May’s Brexit policy as ‘deranged’ and ‘preposterous’.
In remarks that fuelled speculation about his leadership ambitions, the man who spearheaded the Leave campaign contrasted his position on Brexit with that of Mrs May, who backed Remain, saying: ‘Unlike the Prime Minister, I fought for this.’
Mr Johnson is not speaking from the stage at this year’s conference, after walking out of Cabinet in July in protest at the plan agreed at Chequers for the UK’s future relationship with the EU.
But his scheduled speech on the fringe of the gathering on Tuesday is the most hotly-anticipated event of the four-day conference, with widespread expectations he will use it to step up his assault on the PM’s plans.
The Prime Minister – who is famously awkward garnering her the nickname the Maybot, (pictured in Birmingham today) memorably said that running in a field of wheat was the naughtiest thing she has ever done
Mrs May hit back during a major interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr yesterday, denying her plans were ‘dead’.
She told Marr: ‘What I have said to the EU is very clear. They have said they have some concerns with the proposals we have put together.
‘Let’s hear what the details of those concerns. If they have counter proposals, let’s hear what those counter proposals are.
‘What is clear is what we have put forward is in the national interest and we did it because what the EU was offering us was unacceptable.’
Mrs May’s allies in Cabinet have piled criticism on Mr Johnson, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt slamming their colleague.
Even Brexiteer David Davis launched an attack on Mr Johnson amid speculation he could try to oust the PM.
The Prime Minister – who is famously awkward garnering her the nickname the Maybot – memorably said that running in a field of wheat was the naughtiest thing she has ever done.
Mrs May, who celebrates her 62nd birthday today, was widely mocked for the revelation, which she made during last year’s General Election campaign.
Mrs May, a vicar’s daughter, said the farmers ‘weren’t too pleased’ about her exploits when pressed on what was the naughtiest thing she had ever done.
Asked about her childhood exploits with ITV’s Julie Etchingham last June, she struggled to find a response, saying: ‘Oh goodness me. Well I suppose, gosh, do you know I’m not quite sure.
‘Nobody is ever perfectly behaved, are they?
‘I have to confess when me and my friends used to run through the fields of wheat, the farmers weren’t too pleased about that.’
Even Brexiteer David Davis (pictured today giving a media interview) launched an attack on Mr Johnson amid speculation he could try to oust the PM
Leadership squabbles have swirled around the Conservative Conference in Birmingham this week (pictured)
The Tory Party’s annual conference has been overshadowed by the bitter Tory party civil war over Brexit.
Mr Johnson has toured the television studios and given a series of major print interviews slamming her Chequers plan.
He is demanding she ditches the proposal and instead draw up a ‘super Canada’ style free trade deal with the Brussels bloc.
But the PM is sticking to her plan – insisting that Chequers is the only credible option on the table.
She faces a race against time to get a Brexit deal agreed in the face of a from her backbenchers and a scornful response to her plan from EU leaders.
Mrs May says she is still confident that a deal can be done by November – widely seen as the latest date a deal can be don in time for national governments of the EU members states to approve it.
But ministers are also stepping up plans for a no deal Brexit amid fears the country will crash out without a deal.