But if we can't handle it with friends, we won't deserve to lead against our opponents," Hunt said in a letter to Johnson before the hustings
. "If you want the job, you have to turn up for the interviews."
Boris Johnson leaves a building to head for the hustings
Mr Gove said the hustings
without him was like "Hamlet without the Prince".
Chester Labour MP Chris Matheson, who supports a second referendum on EU membership, is also hoping to attend the hustings
even A press release for the event states: "Have you ever wanted to know how the European Parliament works and what you are voting for in the EU elections?
Both candidates were notified of this before the hustings
So, did James Morris vote with his conscience as he claimed he would do at the hustings
? If he did so, one can only conclude he is morally bankrupt.
He said: "The hustings
was organised by Labour supporters and I don't attend hustings events organised by opposition party supporters.
Labour member David Keeton, who was at the hustings
, said: "My initial reaction was shock, then abhorrence.
Marsden Mechanics will host the hustings
on June 5 at 7.30pm.
In an email to members, party general secretary Iain McNichol Mr McNichol stressed that members would be choosing the party's "candidate for prime minister" and that the hustings
would help them decide.
One pro-May MP said after the hustings
that the text, which he said was sent by one of Mr Gove's campaign team, stated: "I would be really grateful if you would treat this in strict confidence.
Mr Gove was challenged about the text at the hustings
, MPs present said, with a May supporter stating the Justice Secretary responded to the challenge with "a sort of giggle, and then he sat down.