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Boris Johnson will be the new prime minister

Boris Johnson has been elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party and he will be confirmed as the new prime minister tomorrow.

The MP for Uxbridge claimed victory over foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt by 92,153 votes to 46,656 (66 per cent to 34 per cent) in the vote of 160,000 Conservative Party members.

After the announcement, the man who will become the 77th prime minister praised his leadership rival and quipped that he was a "font of good ideas" and he "would steal all of them."

He called it "an extraordinary honour and privilege" to be elected leader and take the post of prime minister. 

He added that his "mantra was to deliver Brexit, united the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn, and that's what I intent to do.

"We are going to get Brexit done on October 31 and take hold of the spirit of can do.

"We are going to unite this amazing country and I thank you for the incredible honour you have given me.

"The campaign is now over, the work begins."

The formalities of taking office will take place tomorrow after Theresa May attends her final prime minister's questions in the House of Commons.

Immediately after that lunchtime appearance at the despatch box, she will head to Buckingham Palace and tender her resignation to the Queen.

Mr Johnson will then see the Queen and request permission to form a new government before going to Downing Street to enter number 10 in the top job for the first time.

At whistle-stop speed he will then confirm his cabinet on Wednesday evening, in time for a cabinet meeting at Number 10 on Thursday morning.

MPs will then begin their summer recess on Thursday afternoon.

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