Boris Johnson has reiterated his determination to leave the European Union by October 31, after a weekend of media scrutiny over his private life.
In his column for the Daily Telegraph, the leadership contender wrote that he was not "going to bottle it" on Brexit, and that he was "bursting with impatience" to deliver it.
“We must leave the EU on Oct 31 come what may. It will honour the referendum result, it will focus the minds of EU negotiators,” he said.
“It is absolutely vital that we keep our eyes on the prize. It has been a long and parching march - but the oasis is finally in sight.”
His frontrunner status took a significant hit on the weekend when he refused to explain why police were called to his girlfriend’s house in the early hours of Friday morning.
Neighbours called the police after hearing shouting and a loud scream coming from the property.
He told party members at a hustings on Saturday that they did not want “to hear about that kind of thing”.
His leadership rival Jeremy Hunt has said any candidate for Prime Minister should “answer questions on everything”.
Meanwhile, around a dozen Conservative MPs have said they would support a vote of no confidence in the government to prevent a no-deal Brexit.
Defence minister Tobias Ellwood said the dissenting MPs would include “ministers as well as backbenchers”.
Both Mr Johnson and Mr Hunt have said they are willing to leave on October 31 without a deal.