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Date TimeJuly 12, 2019
VoiceAndrew Neil was told to "check your facts" as he came head-to-head with Boris Johnson in a fiery BBC interview with the Tory leadership contender.

Andrew Neil was told to "check your facts" after claiming Boris Johnson had pushed Britain's US ambassador Kim Darroch to resign by failing to defend him during a televised debate on Tuesday. The British Ambassador to Washington came under fire after incendiary comments he had made over President Donald Trump were leaked to the public. After the BBC host suggested Mr Johnson's performance in the debate had influenced the diplomat's decision to quit, the former frontbencher hit back: "Actually I spoke to him the following day and said how sad I was he had resigned and he pointed out that he didn’t watch it.
"You might need to check your facts, Andrew, before you. He told me he had not watched the show."
Mr Neil rebuked his claim, saying sourced had suggested the Ambassador had tuned in to watch the debate from his official residence in the American capital.
He said: "He didn’t say to you that what you had said – I’m told he watched it with his wife in the residency."
The pair exchanged barbs throughout the interview, one of the last ones before the winner of the Tory leadership contest is announced at the end of the month.
Check your facts! Andrew Neil scolded by Boris Johnson in fiery BBC interview
Mr Johnson insisted he was not to blame for Mr Darroch's decision, claiming that "the real culprits are the people who leaked that material." He also expressed his commitment to the independence of senior civil servants to "say what they want to their political masters without fear or favour."
But the BBC host accused the former Foreign Minister of having deflectied questions throughout the contest: "You’re doing what you’ve done throughout this campaign.
"You get asked a question and then you go on to something else which is a sideline to the actual issue.
"What I’m asking you is that when you were asked four times in the ITV debate to support our man in Washington, you did not do so. After watching it he was so dismayed by your failure to do so it was one of the reasons he resigned."
Mr Johnson also suggested his statements during the debate had been "misconstructed."
Sir Kim has been at the centre of a diplomatic row between the UK and US after a string of his private messages where he questioned whether the White House “will ever look competent” were made public on Sunday.
Donald Trump went on the warpath following the release and even banned Sir Kim from attending a lavish White House dinner for the Emir of Qatar shortly after posting a scathing attack of the British ambassador on Twitter.
In his resignation letter, Sir Kim wrote: "Since the leak of official documents from this Embassy there has been a great deal of speculation surrounding my position and the duration of my remaining term as ambassador.
"I want to put an end to that speculation. The current situation is making it impossible for me to carry out my role as I would like.

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