Boris Johnson wins Jeremy Hunt as the next British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson is elected the new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members and will be the next UK prime minister.
He overcame Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival’s 46,656. The one time London mayor takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday.
The new Prime Minister Johnson in his acceptance speech thanked his predecessor. Saying it had been “a privilege to serve in her cabinet”. He assured the audience he would “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”.
Theresa May who’s the outgoing Prime Minister. congratulated Johnson, promising him her “full support from the back benches”. Overall 160,000 Conservative members were eligible to vote and turnout was 87.4%. Johnson’s share of the vote – 66.4%. This was little lower than the share won by David Cameron in the 2005 Tory leadership election 67.6%