Front runner in the Tory Party leadership contest, Boris Johnson, allegedly faced with an upcoming press exposé, has been forced to admit that with total disregard for any personal gain he once did the decent thing.

However in a slick damage limitation operation he has moved quickly seeking to assure Westminster colleagues that the episode happened when he was a young and naive MP and that he has since put this behind him.

Speaking on Sky’s Sophie Ridge programme Mr. Johnson said: ‘I-I-I-I-I err… umm-umm-umm, now look Sophie, I am ashamed to admit that on one occasion some chap, rather down on his luck, came to my surgery looking for help.’

‘I am now mortified to admit that I actually pulled out all the stops and was able to assist him in a way that was very helpful to his cause yet advanced my own position not a jot.’

‘However if I may, just let me assure all my colleagues in the Parliamentary party that this was a moment of very poor judgment and utter madness on my part. This fellow caught me on a rare occasion when my guard was down. It has not happened since and it will never happen again.’

‘Every decision or course of action that I have taken since that day has simply been about me. One hundred percent. And in particular how I can further my own ruthless ambitions no matter what the cost is to others. Hurrah!’