The United Kingdom’s Conservative party has announced the next prime minister in the person of Boris Johnson.
Frontrunner Boris Johnson has defeated rival Jeremy Hunt in the contest to replace Theresa May as Conservative party leader and as Britain’s prime minister. Johnson won the contest in resounding fashion, earning 92,153 votes to Jeremy Hunt’s 46,656. That’s a comfortable victory for the long-time favorite.
- Yesterday was Theresa May’s last full day in office and her successor will take over as PM today.
- Mr Johnson will begin announcing his new cabinet on Wednesday, but it has already been confirmed that Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood in Nottinghamshire, will become chief whip – the person responsible for enforcing party discipline in the Commons.
- A number of senior figures have already said they will not serve under Mr Johnson, though, citing their opposition to his stance on Brexit. He has pledged the UK will leave the EU on 31 October “do or die”; accepting that a no-deal exit will happen if a new agreement cannot be reached by then.