Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a published interview he believed his meeting with Britain’s Theresa May at the G20 summit this week could help repair relations after the poisonng of a former Russian spy on British soil.
Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favourite in the race, battling Britain's current top diplomat, Jeremy Hunt.
Tax cuts planned by Boris Johnson, the leading candidate to become Britain’s next prime minister, could cost as much as 20 billion pounds a year
The Guardian said it had reviewed the recording and that Johnson could be heard refusing to leave the flat and using a swear word to tell Symonds to get off his laptop
Conservative lawmaker Chris Davies was convicted in March of falsifying two invoices which led to the petition to decide whether he should remain the MP for his electoral area of Brecon and Radnorshire
Most of the other five hopefuls concede that Johnson, whose career has been marked by gaffes and scandals, will almost definitely make the final two in the race
Johnson secured 114 votes, way ahead of Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on 43 and Environment Secretary Michael Gove with 37.
She remains prime minister until a new leader is chosen, likely in late July, and they will automatically enter Downing Street.
One of the leading contenders to replace Theresa May as Britain's next prime minister has admitted to using cocaine