Boris Johnson has beaten his party rival Jeremy Hunt to become the new Tory leader and will replace Theresa May as the new Prime Minister of United Kingdom.
While Johnson received 92,153 votes, his rival Hunt got only 46,656 votes from Conservative members. The former Mayor of London, Johnson will take over as the new PM on Wednesday.
Speaking after his victory, Johnson said that not only will he ‘deliver Brexit’ and ‘unite the country,’ he will also defeat Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
“We are going to energise the country. 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,” BBC quoted him as saying.
Hunt was quick to congratulate Johnson for his win as he tweeted, “Congratulations @BorisJohnson 4 a campaign well fought. You ‘ll be a great PM for our country at this critical moment! Throughout campaign you showed optimism,energy & unbounded confidence in our wonderful country & we need that. All best wishes from the entrepreneur :-)”
Congratulations @BorisJohnson 4 a campaign well https://t.co/b1rmrIHic6‘ll be a great PM for our country at this critical moment!Throughout campaign you showed optimism,energy & unbounded confidence in our wonderful country & we need that.All best wishes from the entrepreneur 🙂
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 23, 2019
Theresa May had resigned on 24 May after her failure to secure an acceptable Brexit deal.