Boris Johnson set to become UK’s next PM

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    Boris Johnson is set to become the UK’s next Prime Minister after being elected new Conservative leader in a ballot of party members.

    He will take over from Theresa May officially tomorrow.

    Johnson beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to 46,656.

    In his victory speech, the former London Mayor promised he would “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”.

    He has pledged the UK will leave the EU on 31 October “do or die”, accepting that a no-deal Brexit will happen if a new agreement cannot be reached by then.

    Johnson also thanked his predecessor, Theresa May, saying it had been “a privilege to serve in her cabinet”.

    The 55 year old was May’s foreign secretary until resigning over Brexit.

    A number of senior figures have said they will not serve under him.

    But the outgoing PM, Theresa May congratulated her successor, promising him her “full support from the backbenches”.

    US President Donald Trump also sent his congratulations to Mr Johnson, tweeting: “He will be great!”

    Almost 160,000 Conservative members were eligible to vote and turnout was 87.4%.

    Johnson’s share of the vote of 66.4% was slightly lower than that garnered by David Cameron in the 2005 Tory leadership election (67.6%).