Wednesday 24 July 2019 1:14 AM UTC
LONDON July 24: 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 S. 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 being 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 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.
Johnson, 55, will take up residence at Downing Street and within hours begin announcing his new Cabinet.
His girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, 31, a former Conservative Party communications official and a top Tory spinner, may move in over the weekend, according to British press reports.
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