Boris Johnson to become UK Prime Minister after landslide party win

Wins contest against Jeremy Hunt

Anna Fedorova
Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has been announced as the next UK Prime Minister to succeed Theresa May, after a close battle between candidates that left him facing Jeremy Hunt in the final vote.

The results of ballot of around 160,000 Conservative party members, of which 87.4% voted, were revealed at midday today (Tuesday 23 July), and Johnson officially takes the lead role tomorrow after securing more than 92,000 votes.  Johnson, formerly the mayor of London, emerged as a clear favourite in the contest, though many were not supportive of the nomination. Some have even vowed to resign if he wins the race, including Chancellor Philip Hammond. Brexit: What on earth's going on? Meanwhile, May will chair her last cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning and will officially hand in h...

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