Boris Johnson becomes new British Prime Minister

Boris Johnson wins the Conservative leadership contest, it has been announced. He has beaten Jeremy Hunt to be named the next prime minister.

The former mayor of London, who has long cherished an ambition to lead his country, won the contest by 92,153 votes to 46,656, with 66% of the vote. Turnout was 87.4% among 159,320 party members.

Boris Johnson paid tribute to his rival Jeremy Hunt after beating him in the Conservative leadership contest.

He says Mr Hunt is a “font of excellent ideas” and he promises to steal them.

He also pays tribute to outgoing PM Theresa May for her service to the country.

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