Boris Johnson booed by spectators during England vs India cricket match at the Oval

 Former foreign sectary appears on the big screen at the south London ground

Saturday 08 September 2018 22:43
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Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson watches play during day two of the 5th Test match between England and India
Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson watches play during day two of the 5th Test match between England and India

Boris Johnson was booed by spectators at the Oval cricket ground when he was shown on the big screen during the England v India test match.

The former foreign sectary made news this week after he announced the break-up of his marriage and speculation intensified over a rumoured leadership coup against Theresa May.

Mr Johnson was spotted in the crowd at the fifth test match between England and India by TV camera, leading to him appearing on the big screen.

When spectators noticed at the south London cricket ground they began booing.

Former England captain David Gower referred to Mr Johnson’s marital problems as he commentated on the scene.

The Sky pundit said: “The former foreign secretary, he appears to be on his own, which reflects what we have seen in the papers in the last couple of days.”

Mr Johnson was studying his phone as a chorus of boos rang out and looked up from the mobile’s screen as he heard the jeers.

Journalist Lawrence Booth, editor of cricket bible Wisden, tweeted: “Boos ring out around the ground as the big screen zooms in on Boris Johnson.”

On Friday, Mr Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler, both 54, announced they have separated and are going through the process of divorce.

News of the divorce comes as Mr Johnson is at the centre of intense speculation over a possible challenge to Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister.

Tom Watson, the deputy Labour leader, claimed the “full-frontal” leadership bid could come as early as Monday.

The former foreign secretary has “has mapped out a timeline to power which will torpedo the PM’s Chequers plan for Brexit”, Mr Watson claimed.

Sources close to Boris Johnson strongly denied Mr Watson's claims when contacted by The Independent.

Additional reporting by PA

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