London: Hardline Brexiteer Boris Johnson has won the UK’s Conservative Party leadership contest and will take over from outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May when she steps down on Wednesday.
Johnson, a former Mayor of London and British Foreign Secretary, took 92,153 votes, while rival Jeremy Hunt scored 46,656 votes in a ballot of party members. Turnout was 87.4% with Johnson taking 66% of votes.
“Today the campaign is over and the work begins,” Johnson said in a speech immediately after the results were announced Tuesday.
New Conservative Party leader and incoming Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, addresses party members Tuesday.
Turning his attention to Brexit, Johnson said that he read in the Financial Times newspaper that no new leader has ever faced such a daunting set of circumstances.
“Do you feel daunted?” he asks the crowd. “You don’t look daunted to me.”