Boris Johnson Beat Jeremy Hunt to Become New Britain’s Next Leader
Boris Johnson has been elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will become the next UK prime minister.
The former mayor of London, who has long cherished an ambition to lead his country, won 66% of the votes – 92,153, to Hunt’s 46,656. Turnout was 87.4% among 159,320 party members.
He will take over from Theresa May on Wednesday.
In a characteristically lighthearted acceptance speech, Johnson conceded that even some of his own supporters may “wonder quite what they have done”.
In his victory speech, Mr Johnson promised he would “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”.
“We are going to get Brexit done on 31 October and take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring with a new spirit of can do.
“We are once again going to believe in ourselves, and like some slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self doubt and negativity.”
He also paid tribute to outgoing prime minister Theresa May, thanking her for her “extraordinary service to this party and this country”.
The result of the contest was announced by the joint chair of the backbench 1922 Committee, Cheryl Gillam.
US President Donald Trump also sent his congratulations to Mr Johnson, tweeting: “He will be great!”