It’s official. Boris Johnson has been elected as the new Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister in a ballot of party members.
Beating his rival, Jeremy Hunt, Boris won at 92,153 votes to 46,656. Meaning that as of Wednesday, Boris Johnson will be the UK’s Prime Minister.
Johnson’s victory speech took place at Queen Elizabeth’s II centre in London, where he had a few interesting things to say. Firstly, noting that his campaign slogan had a rather unfortunate acronym: “Deliver, Unite, Defeat.” Therefore, adding “energize”.
“Dude! We are going to energise the country, we are going to get Brexit done!”
“We are going to get Brexit done on October 31 and take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring in a new spirit of can-do.
“We are once again going to believe in ourselves and what we can do and like some slumbering giant we are going to rise and ping off the guys rope of self-doubt and negativity.”
Johnson also made sure to thank his predecessor, stating it had been “a privilege to serve in her cabinet.” Johnson was Theresa May’s foreign secretary until her resignation over Brexit.
Leaders from across the world reacted to the news, sharing some very different opinions on the newly elected Prime Minister. Theresa May, wished Johnson luck with the role in return, vowing “full support from the backbenches.”
However, Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was “very disappointed” but that he believed Johnson would do an excellent job serving the country. Following this Hunt added that Boris had a “total, unshakeable confidence in our country”, a valuable quality at such a difficult period.
US President Donald Trump also sent his congratulations, tweeting: “He will be great!” With his daughter, Ivanka Trump also sending her congrats to the new PM: “Congratulations @BorisJohnson on becoming the next Prime Minister of the United Kingston” (Shame about the spelling mistake she made).
Johnson’s first act as Prime Minister will be to assign a new cabinet, this will start with a new chancellor in replacement of Philip Hammond.