The question comes toward the end of the Boris show. The man who will be the next prime minister of the United Kingdom has mussed his golden hair, insulted a Scottish fondness for deep-fried chocolate bars, and deployed trademark wit in describing the importance of tackling crime as “basic hygiene for Conservatives.”
It is his last chance to persuade members of the Conservative Party to back him as leader before voting starts the next day. And the audience in Perth, Scotland, is loving every moment.
Then, after 41 minutes, a tall woman in a black dress makes her way to the microphone.