LONDON: BORIS Johnson is set to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom after he was elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party.
He beat Jeremy Hunt who only managed to muster 46,656 votes compared to 92,153 which Johnson secured from party faithful.
Johnson will be sworn in tomorrow and take over from Theresa May who unsuccessfully negotiated to get Britain out of the European Union. He is a former mayor of London.
In his victory speech, Mr Johnson promised he would “deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn”.
Speaking at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London, he said: “We are going to energise the country. We are going to get Brexit done on October 31 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.”
He is the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip.