- Boris Johnson flees from the cameras to avoid an interview with ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
- His aide swears at ITV’s reporter after he challenges the prime minister.
- The incident played out on live television on Wednesday morning.
- It comes as a new polling model suggests Johnson’s election lead is shrinking as Britain prepares to go to the polls
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Boris Johnson fled from the cameras on Wednesday morning, as his aide swore at a reporter on live television.
The prime minister was delivering milk to voters in Leeds as part of an early morning photo opportunity ahead of Thursday’s general election when he was approached by a reporter from ITV.
Johnson was challenged by the reporter, Jonathan Swain, to take part in a live interview with Good Morning Britain’s Pier’s Morgan and Susanna Reid.
Johnson’s press secretary Rob Oxley intervened, telling Swain: “Oh for f*** sake.”
Morgan and Reid can be heard expressing their shock before Swain is heard asked Oxley to “tone down your language.”
Johnson subsequently told him that he would be “with you in a second” before disappearing into a walk-in fridge and not returning.
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A Conservative source told the Mirror that Oxley was expressing general frustration rather than swearing directly at the reporter.
The incident came as a new polling model suggests the race is tightening in the final hours before voters go to the polls.
The YouGov polling model suggests Johnson is on course for a majority of 28 seats but is within the margin of error of a hung parliament.