Boris Johnson to be next UK PM after winning Conservative leadership vote

Helena Grech - 23rd July 2019

Mr Johnson, who shot to fame after becoming mayor of London, beat the contest comfortable by 92,153 votes to 46,656, with 66 per cent of the vote.

Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson will be the United Kingdom’s (UK) next prime minster after he was elected leader of the Conservative Party on Tuesday, defeating rival Jeremy Hunt in the party’s leadership race.

Mr Johnson, who shot to fame after becoming mayor of London, beat the contest comfortably by 92,153 votes to 46,656, with 66 per cent of the vote.

Conservative party member turn-out stood at 87.84 per cent among 159,320 party members.

In truly Johnson-like fashion, he delivered a flippant acceptance speech where he conceded that some of his own supporters may “wonder quite what they have done”.

Mr Johnson had resigned from former UK PM Theresa May’s Cabinet over her handling of Brexit negotiations. The UK is set to leave the EU on 31st October, with Mr Johnson describing it as a “do or die moment”.

He raised controversy in recent months through his opinion column with The Telegraph, likening Muslim women who wear the burka to "letter boxes".


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