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Tue Jul 23, 2019, 07:08 AM

Boris Johnson, Brexit cheerleader, to become British prime minister [View all]

Source: Washington Post




LONDON — Boris Johnson handily won the race to lead the Conservative Party on Tuesday, and will be prime minister within a day. The bombastic, Latin-quoting, Oxford classicist with the mop of intentionally mussed yellow hair, who made his name as an over-the-top journalist in Brussels and then as London mayor and galvanized the successful Brexit campaign in 2016, will walk through the black enameled door of 10 Downing Street on Wednesday — fulfilling what his biographers describe as his relentless “blond ambition” to follow his hero, Winston Churchill, into the top spot.

In a leadership contest involving only dues-paying members of the Conservative Party, the former foreign secretary Johnson faced the current foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Johnson captured 92,153 votes to Hunt’s 46,656 — a dominant victory that shows Tories want a leader who promises, above all else, to deliver Brexit. After be chosen by the 160,000 dues-paying members of the Conservative Party, the transfer of power now happens quickly.

On Wednesday, outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May will deliver her last remarks at a question-and-answer session in the House of Commons and then she will travel to Buckingham Palace to resign. Johnson will follow her to the palace, where Queen Elizabeth II will ask him to form a new government. Johnson will be 14th prime minister during the queen’s long reign.

The 55-year-old Johnson will take up residence at Downing Street and within hours begin announcing his new cabinet. His 31-year-old girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, a former Conservative Party communications official and a top Tory spinner, may move in over the weekend, according to British press reports.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/boris-johnson-expected-to-win-british-prime-minister-vote/2019/07/23/0e63fc8e-ac93-11e9-9411-a608f9d0c2d3_story.html



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By William Booth and
Karla Adam
July 23 at 5:17 AM

BREAKING -- Johnson is a colorful and controversial former foreign secretary, former London mayor and longtime Conservative columnist who galvanized the successful Brexit campaign in 2016. In a leadership contest involving only dues-paying members of the Conservative Party, he bested Jeremy Hunt, the current foreign secretary. Johnson formally becomes prime minister on Wednesday, following an audience with the queen.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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