Boris Johnson is next UK Prime minister

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Boris Johnson will become Britain’s next prime minister after being elected leader of the Conservative party in a ballot of party members.

He defeated Jeremy Hunt in the party’s leadership contest, winning 92,153 votes to his rival’s 46,656.

Johnson officially takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday afternoon.

The former mayor of London in his victory speech 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 said.

Theresa May has congratulated Johnson, promising him her “full support from the backbenches”.

US President Donald Trump also tweeted his congratulations to Johnson, adding: “He will be great!”

 




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