Jeremy Hunt accused Boris Johnson of cowardice over his decision not to debate him head to head.
Sky News invited both candidates to appear against each other as they bid for the Tory leadership.
It looks like Johnson will get the empty chair treatment again, as he says he does not plan to turn up.
Hunt laid down the gauntlet: Well Im saying that it is cowardice, frankly, not to appear in head to head debates against me.
Ill be turning up. Its very, very, important that in the next two weeks – which are the only period that Conservative Party members will have to see us head to head before they actually get their postal ballots – that they have a chance to hear both of us answer difficult questions and you cant become prime minister without answering questions about the decisions that youre going to have to take, almost immediately you get through the door of Number 10.
And sometimes in politics you can fudge but on Brexit you cant. There are going to have to be decisions and thats why its very important that a new prime minister has a mandate, has actually spelt out exactly what theyre going to do.
Frankly, to run away from difficult media interviews, from head to head debates on TV is being very disrespectful to Conservative Party members.
Johnson and Hunt are the final two in the contest to become Tory leader, and our next prime minister.
They both appeared in a debate on the BBC when there were five candidates left, but Boris Johnson declined to appear on a previous TV debate.
After a series of hustings for Conservative Party members, there will be a vote among party members for who they want to lead the country.
It comes after fierce criticism of Boris Johnson for not answering questions about an argument between him and his girlfriend Carry Symonds so angry that police were called.
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