Boris prefers coffee break to tough questions on Tory troubles

Boris Johnson is the conservative candidate in the race for London Mayor Credit: ITV News

In an interview with ITV News Boris Johnson appeared to avoid answering questions about the Conservative Party's recent troubles and his own popularity.

The current Mayor of London is currently ahead of rival Ken Livingstone in the polls but Boris tried to avoid telling Political Correspondent Lucy Manning whether he thinks he is "more popular than his party".

He then appeared to get flustered when asked "why is your party struggling nationally," opting for a cup of coffee rather than answering the question.

Labour peer Lord Sugar recently urged people not to vote for his Party's candidate saying: "I don't care if Ed Miliband is backing Livingstone. I seriously suggest NO ONE votes for Livingstone in the Mayoral elections."

Asked about his remarks during an interview with Lucy, Ken hit back, saying: "I actually think being fired by Lord Sugar wouldn't do anyone's careers any harm."

The seven candidates running in the mayoral election are as follows:

Mayoral candidates: Jenny Jones, Lawrence Webb, Carlos Cortiglia and Siobhan Benita Credit: ITV News