Boris Johnson warned: focus on Iran crisis or risk war

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Tory leadership rivals kept informed about spiralling crisis in the Gulf as ex-naval chief blasts government

Admiral Lord West: ‘our political establishment have been focused on the election of a new prime minister’

Boris Johnson will be tested by a major international crisis in his first days as prime minister, senior military figures and politicians have warned, after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in a move that raised tensions in the Gulf to new heights.

Johnson, who is expected to win the race to succeed Theresa May as Tory leader and be installed as the new prime minister on Wednesday, was kept informed about the spiralling crisis on Saturday by his rival for the top job, Jeremy Hunt, whom he is expected to reappoint as foreign secretary.

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