Boris Johnson to become Britain’s new Prime Minister
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Boris Johnson to become Britain’s new Prime Minister

Uxbridge MP defeats rival Jeremy Hunt with more than 90,000 votes to succeed Theresa May at Number 10 as leader

Jeremy Hunt (second left) congratulates Boris Johnson (second right) after he is announced as the new Conservative party leader. Photo credit: Stefan Rousseau/P/A Wire
Jeremy Hunt (second left) congratulates Boris Johnson (second right) after he is announced as the new Conservative party leader. Photo credit: Stefan Rousseau/P/A Wire

Boris Johnson will become prime minister on Wednesday after securing victory in the battle for the Conservative Party leadership.

The former foreign secretary, who was the firm favourite to win the contest, defeated Jeremy Hunt in the ballot of Tory members.

He will be appointed as prime minister on Wednesday by the Queen after Theresa May formally resigns from the office.

Mr Johnson secured 92,153 of the vote compared to 46,656 for Mr Hunt to win the Tory leadership, and concluded

Mrs May will take one last round of Prime Minister’s Question in the Commons on Wednesday before travelling to Buckingham Palace to offer her resignation.

Mr Johnson will then have his own audience with the Queen to be offered the chance to form her new government before entering Downing Street.

Following the announcement, he reiterated a message from his victory speech, saying on Twitter that he wants “to unite our country and party, deliver Brexit and defeat Corbyn.”

Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted: “Many congratulations to @BorisJohnson on being elected leader of @Conservatives – we now need to work together to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK and to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of government. You will have my full support from the back benches.”

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