Boris Johnson insisted he can ‘deliver Brexit and unite the country’ today after the Tories installed him as their new leader.
The front runner was declared the winner of the bruising battle against Jeremy Hunt as the two sat side-by-side in a dramatic ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in Westminster.
Family members including father Stanley, sister Rachel and brother Jo were among those in the audience to hear the news that he had secured a landslide 66 per cent of the 140,000 votes from activists. However, there was no sign of girlfriend Carrie Symonds.
The announcement was immediately hailed by US president Donald Trump, who said Mr Johnson would do a ‘great job’. But EU negotiator Michel Barnier indicated that while he wanted to ‘work constructively’ with the new PM the Withdrawal Agreement was not up for grabs.
In his victory speech, Mr Johnson – whose ambition as a boy was to be ‘World King’ – paid tribute to Mr Hunt, and thanked Theresa May for her ‘extraordinary’ service to the country.
He said the party now had to reconcile the need for a close relationship with Europe to the desire for ‘democratic self-government’.
Mr Johnson said he would ‘deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn’. He joked that the acronym for his ‘deliver, unite and defeat’ goals was ‘DUD’. But he insisted he was going to add an ‘E’ to make ‘DUDE’.
‘Dude, we are going to energise the country,’ he said to laughter. ‘Like some slumbering giant we are going to arise and ping off the guy ropes of self-doubt.’
However, Mr Johnson is also facing a potentially catastrophic Tory mutiny as MPs mobilise against his ‘do or die’ vow to secure Brexit by Halloween – even if it means crashing out without an agreement.
Education minister Anne Milton quit this morning minutes before Mr Johnson’s coronation, saying she had ‘grave concerns’ and could not fall into line with his Brexit policy.
Justice Secretary David Gauke – another of around half-a-dozen ministers who have said they will resign rather than serve under Mr Johnson – issued a stark warning this morning that Parliament will find a way to block No Deal.
After Sir Alan Duncan quit as Foreign Office minister yesterday in an abortive effort to force a confidence vote to block Mr Johnson becoming PM, the leadership front runner embarked on a charm offensive.
He held talks with Chancellor Philip Hammond and Mr Gauke last night, but while discussions were ‘friendly’ they did not back down on their opposition to No Deal.
Boris Johnson – whose ambition as a boy was to be ‘World King’ – paid tribute to Mr Hunt, and thanked Theresa May for her ‘extraordinary’ service to the country
Contenders Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt shook hands as they heard the dramatic vote result today
Mr Johnson said he would ‘energise’ the country and wake the ‘slumbering giant’ to take advantage of Brexit opportunities
EU negotiator Michel Barnier indicated that while he wanted to ‘work constructively’ with the new PM the Withdrawal Agreement was not up for grabs
The announcement was immediately hailed by US president Donald Trump, who said Mr Johnson would do a ‘great job’
Mr Johnson’s father Stanley (left) and sister Rachel were among those gathering to hear the Tory leadership result in Westminster today
Mr Johnson said critics may ‘question the wisdom of your decision’ after he was announced as the new Tory leader.
He said: ‘No one party, no one person has a monopoly of wisdom but… it is we Conservatives who have had the best insights into human nature and the best insights into how to manage the jostling sets of instincts in the human heart.
Boris Johnson’s first 36 hours as Tory leader
Having won the Tory leadership contest over Jeremy Hunt, Boris Johnson must now turn his attention to preparing for government.
This afternoon: Mr Johnson is expected to head to a bunker where he will hammer out the details of who will serve in his top team.
He is also then due to address the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs at 4pm and then visit Tory HQ.
This evening: Mr Johnson will prepare for what is likely to be the biggest day of his political life.
Tomorrow lunchtime: Theresa May will hold her final Prime Minister’s Questions at lunchtime, before heading to Buckingham Palace to formally resign as PM.
The Queen will then send for Mr Johnson and invite him to form a new government.
Tomorrow, 5pm: Assuming everything goes smoothly, Mr Johnson will arrive in Downing Street just before 5pm.
He will then deliver a short speech in the street in front of the famous black door.
His girlfriend Carrie Symonds is not thought to be planning to make an appearance when Mr Johnson enters Number 10.
Tomorrow evening: He will turn his attention to his first major task: His Cabinet reshuffle.
He is expected to make appointments to the first few big jobs in the government but leave the less important ones for the next day.
However, whether or not he will get to sack those ministers he does not want in his administration remains to be seen.
A number of Remain-backing Tory big beasts have said they intend to resign before they can be pushed out.
They include Chancellor Philip Hammond and Justice Secretary David Gauke.
‘Time and again it is to us that the people of this country have turned to get that balance right.’
Sources in Mr Johnson’s camp had predicted he would secure more than 60 per cent of the vote, giving him a ‘free hand’ to sack his enemies and steer the Tories on a new course.
A source close to Mr Johnson said Cabinet appointments would not be made until Wednesday evening.
He is expected to this afternoon finalising the top ministerial team and preparing his speech for Wednesday.
Mr Johnson will also address the 1922 committee of Conservative MPs at 4pm on Tuesday and visit CCHQ.
Within minutes of the result, Mr Trump – who has previously heaped praise on the former London mayor – had responded on Twitter.
‘Congratulations to Boris Johnson on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He will be great!,’ the president wrote.
Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka tweeted an apparent typo as she added her congratulations to Mr Johnson for becoming ‘the next Prime Minister of the United Kingston’.
Yesterday, Sir Alan – Mr Johnson’s former deputy – dramatically quit as Foreign Office minister in an apparent bid to prevent him becoming PM.
Sir Alan, a long-time critic of Mr Johnson, invoked the Queen as he attempted to force a confidence vote in the Commons today – but the move was ruled out by the Speaker John Bercow.
International development secretary Rory Stewart also informed Mr Johnson yesterday that he would be resigning from the Cabinet before he takes power, following the lead set by Philip Hammond and justice secretary David Gauke.
Mr Stewart indicated he would join the band of Remainer rebels on the Tory backbenches, saying: ‘There is a majority of two, and I have at least three friends.’
Mr Gauke told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme he believed there were ‘parliamentary mechanisms’ that could prevent No Deal which would ‘not necessarily’ involve bringing down a Johnson administration.
He stressed that he would not vote against a Tory government in a motion of no confidence if it was heading towards a no-deal Brexit.
But Mr Gauke warned: ‘There is a clear majority in the House of Commons that doesn’t want to leave the EU without a deal; I think that will become very clear in the autumn.’
In all, up to a dozen ministers are expected to jump ship in the next 36 hours before Mr Johnson officially becomes PM tomorrow afternoon.
The PM-elect has already been plotting the first frantic phase of his premiership.
Allies are determined to forge ahead with multi-billion pound promises to cut taxes – even if it means increasing government borrowing.
They say he is determined to ensure his premiership is not only about Brexit.
Mr Johnson tweeted to say thanks for the ‘incredible honour’ of becoming Tory leader – and tomorrow he will be installed as the next PM
Mr Johnson gave the thumbs up as Mr Hunt tried to put a brave face on his huge defeat in the vote of Tory activists
Mr Johnson coasted to victory in the Tory leadership contest, securing 66 per cent of the votes from party members
He could push a new insurance system for social care, boost schools funding and increase the higher tax threshold to £80,000.
During the campaign Mr Johnson made spending pledges that have been calculated at more than £26billion – the estimated headroom Mr Hammond left in the public finances to account for Brexit disruption.
Where’s Carrie? Boris’s girlfriend stays away from Tory leader ceremony
Miss Symonds, left leaving Mr Johnson’s Oxfordshire home on Sunday, does not want to be a ‘distraction’ due to his impending divorce from second wife Marina, right with Mr Johnson
Boris Johnson’s girlfriend Carrie Symonds was nowhere to be seen today as her partner was named new Tory leader and took another step towards becoming Prime Minister.
The former Conservative communications director, 31, gave her boyfriend a wide berth at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre in London where it was announced he had defeated Jeremy Hunt by 92,153 votes to 46,656.
But Mr Johnson, 55, was supported by his family, with father Stanley, sister Rachel and brother Jo all in the audience to celebrate with him, regardless of their differing views on Brexit.
It is believed Miss Symonds wants to keep a low profile around her partner’s celebrations because he is not yet divorced from estranged wife Marina, with whom he has four children, and she ‘did not want to overshadow his moment’.
He wants to raise the national Insurance threshold to £12,500 to help low earners, which would cost around £11billion, increase the minimum wage, and cut stamp duty.
But supporters of Mr Johnson told the Telegraph he would press ahead with key policies by borrowing if necessary.
‘We are talking about a fiscal loosening of less than 1 per cent of total public spending. It would do a lot to get things moving for the middle classes, to get them spending more money,’ one aide said.
A former minister in Mr Johnson’s camp added: ‘In order to honour Boris’s spending pledges, the next budget is going to have to put a temporary freeze on deficit reduction.
‘Of course it is important to continue fixing the roof but there is going to have to be some flexibility there to give the economy the post-Brexit boost that it needs.’
On the eve of what is likely to be a dramatic few days, former prime ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and John Major warned Mr Johnson that pursuing a No Deal Brexit would end in disaster.
Newly elected Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson also predicted she could become prime minister if Mr Johnson is forced to call a snap election this year.
If Mr Johnson is elected as Tory leader today he will formally become prime minister tomorrow.
Mrs May will take a final session of PMQs in the Commons before travelling to Buckingham palace to inform the Queen of her resignation.
Whitehall sources said that, despite the government’s slender majority, Her Majesty is then expected to send for Mr Johnson.
The former foreign secretary will then begin an immediate Cabinet reshuffle.
Casualties are expected to include Mrs May’s deputy David Lidington, the business secretary Greg Clark and the Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley.
Mr Johnson is then preparing to make a Commons statement setting out his programme for government on Thursday, just hours before MPs break up for the long summer recess.
Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, who is expected to join the Cabinet, last night played down the prospect of a serious mutiny against the new leader by Tory MPs.
The audience erupted in applause as Mr Johnson took to the stage to hail his victory in the Conservative leader contest
Mr Hunt congratulated Mr Johnson on a ‘well fought’ campaign and wished him ‘all the best’ as the new Tory leader
Stanley Johnson chatted to Tory MP Graham Brady as excitement built ahead of the result in Westminster today
Mr Johnson seemed nervous as he awaited the confirmation of his victory alongside Mr Hunt in Westminster today
Mr Hunt (pictured arriving for the result with wife Lucia) was the runner-up in the bruising six-week Tory contest
Education minister Anne Milton became the latest to resign over Mr Johnson’s Brexit policy today saying she had ‘grave’ concerns about No Deal
He added: ‘I think the number of troublemakers will be relatively few because it will be so obviously self-indulgent.’ But attitudes among Tory MPs opposed to a No Deal Brexit appeared to be hardening last night.
Mr Stewart revealed that he had been invited for talks with Mr Johnson, but had told him he would rather quit his Cabinet job than serve in a Government prepared to contemplate a No Deal Brexit. Earlier, Sir Alan resigned with a warning that Brexit had placed a ‘dark cloud’ over the country.
Boris vows to end austerity by borrowing to fund £26billion pledges and tax cuts
Boris Johnson has vowed to end austerity and borrow the billions of pounds needed to fund his spending commitments as he was elected the new leader of theConservative Party.
Mr Johnson today secured a crushing victory over his leadership rival Jeremy Hunt and will be installed as Theresa May’s replacement as prime minister tomorrow.
He is determined not to repeat the mistakes of Mrs May’s premiership and he is adamant that his time in Number 10 will not be defined solely by Brexit.
As a result he is planning to hit the ground running with a series of domestic policy announcements addressing some of the difficult issues which Mrs May failed to make much progress on.
They could include a new insurance system for social care, increased schools funding and tax cuts for higher earners.
However, Mr Johnson is likely to find it incredibly difficult to shift the spotlight away from Brexit given the fact he is taking over a Conservative Party on the brink of all-out war over the UK’s departure from the European Union.
The minister, who once described Mr Johnson as a ‘circus act’, wrote to Mr Bercow proposing a Commons vote today on Mr Johnson’s acceptability as PM.
He wrote: ‘This is the first time in our parliamentary history that the prime minister of a minority government has changed in mid-term.
‘Thus the normal assumption that the succession is automatic cannot be said to apply, and his ability to command a majority in the House should arguably be tested before the Prime Minister can safely advise the Queen who should succeed her.’
After the proposal was rejected, Sir Alan warned of a ‘constitutional crisis’ in the coming months if Mr Johnson loses a confidence vote after becoming PM.
Another rebel Tory, Philip Lee, said of Mr Johnson: ‘I don’t see how he has got a majority to govern. It’s a very, very fragile situation with only a tiny majority.’
In a series of heavyweight warnings yesterday, three former prime ministers spoke out against the risks of pursuing a no-deal Brexit.
Sir John, a high-profile critic of Mr Johnson, said: ‘The new PM must choose whether to be the spokesman for an ultra-Brexit faction, or the servant of the nation he leads.’
Mr Blair said Mr Johnson had ‘boxed himself in to a No Deal Brexit’, while Mr Brown warned of the danger of inflicting ‘peacetime self-inflicted wounds’.
New Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson will succeed in stealing Tory Remain voters if Boris Johnson tries to force No Deal, a Cabinet minister warned today.
Justice Secretary David Gauke said taking a hard line on Brexit would leave the party ‘significantly out of touch’ with many of its traditional supporters.
Ms Swinson was last night elected as the first ever female leader of the Liberal Democrats after she inflicted a crushing defeat on her challenger Sir Ed Davey.
The 39-year-old mother-of-two succeeded Sir Vince Cable after she secured more than 47,000 votes in the contest with Sir Ed trailing far behind with just over 28,000.
Ms Swinson said her ‘number one priority’ as leader will be ‘stopping Boris and stopping Brexit’ – vowing to target disaffected Tory and Labour supporters.
How will the new Prime Minister’s first 100 days in power shake out?
The new PM faces a trial by fire in his first 100 days in office – which culminates in the Brexit deadline on October 31.
Here are some of the key events:
Today: Boris Johnson was unveiled as the new Tory leader at an event in central London.
Tomorrow: Theresa May will take her final session of Prime Minister’s Questions before making a brief statement in Downing Street, and heading to Buckingham Palace to offer her resignation to the Queen.
Her successor will then go to see the monarch to be asked to form a new government.
Mr Johnson is expected to deliver a speech outside No10 at around 5pm, before making the first few appointments to his top team. His girlfriend Carrie Symonds is not thought to be planning to be on show as he faces the media.
July 25-26: The Commons breaks up for its summer recess on Thursday. Mr Johnson will finish appointing his ministers, and could give a keynote speech fleshing out his plans.
August 1: Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.
Tory candidate Chris Davies is seeking to regain the seat he was ousted from by a recall petition triggered in the wake of his conviction for submitting false expenses claims. If he fails, the new prime minister’s working majority in the Commons will be cut to just three.
August 24: G7 Summit in Biarritz. Mr Johnson’s first appearance at a major global summit.
Donald Trump will be among the world leaders at the gathering, potentially providing the opportunity for a meeting with the controversial US president in an effort to highlight the importance of the special relationship and a future trade deal.
September: The UN General Assembly meeting in New York will provide another opportunity for the new prime minister to appear on the global stage and set out their vision for the country’s place in the world. –
September 29 to October 2: Conservative Party Conference.
The gathering in Manchester will be a key test of the new Tory leader’s ability to unite the party and provides a platform to use their closing speech to address the nation.
October 17-18: EU summit. This is the last schedule meeting of EU leaders before the UK is due to leave the bloc – although an emergency gathering could be called before or afterwards.
October 31: The deadline for reaching a Brexit deal.
Unless there is a further extension, this will be the UK’s last day as a member of the European Union and it will leave, with or without an agreement.
Boris says he will wake the British ‘slumbering giant’ in bullish address to Tory activists
Here is Boris Johnson’s victory speech in full:
‘I want to begin by thanking my opponent, Jeremy, by common consent an absolutely formidable campaigner and a great leader and a great politician.
‘Jeremy, in the course of 20 hustings, more, 20 hustings or hustings-style events, it was more than 3,000 miles by the way, it was about 7,000 miles that we did criss-crossing the country, you’ve been friendly, you’ve been good natured, you’ve been a font of excellent ideas, all of which I intend to steal forthwith.
‘And above all I want to thank our outgoing leader, Theresa May for her extraordinary service to this party and to this country.
‘It was a privilege. It was a privilege to serve in her Cabinet and to see the passion and determination that she brought to the many causes that are her legacy – from equal pay for men and women, to tackling the problems of mental health and racial discrimination in the criminal justice system.
‘Thank you, Theresa. Thank you.
‘And I want to thank all of you. All of you here today and obviously I want (to thank) everybody in the Conservative Party for your hard work, for your campaigning, for your public spirit and obviously for the extraordinary honour and privilege you have just conferred on me.
‘And I know that there will be people around the place who will question the wisdom of your decision.
‘And there may even be some people here who still wonder quite what they have done.
‘I would just point out to you of course nobody, no one party, no one person has a monopoly of wisdom. But if you look at the history of the last 200 years of this party’s existence you will see that it is we
Conservatives who have had the best insights, I think, into human nature.
‘And the best insights into how to manage the jostling sets of instincts in the human heart. And time and again it is to us that the people of this country have turned to get that balance right.
‘Between the instincts to own your own house, your own home, to earn and spend your own money, to look after your own family. Good instincts, proper instincts, noble instincts.
‘And the equally noble instinct to share. And to give everyone a fair chance in life. And to look after the poorest and the neediest and to build a great society.
‘And on the whole in the last 200 years it is we Conservatives who have understood best how to encourage those instincts, to work together in harmony to promote the good of the whole country.
‘And today at this pivotal moment in our history we again have to reconcile two sets of instincts, two noble sets of instincts.
‘Between the deep desire of friendship and free trade and mutual support in security and defence between Britain and our European partners.
‘And the simultaneous desire, equally deep and heartfelt, for democratic self-government in this country.
‘And of course, there are some people who say that they’re irreconcilable and it just can’t be done.
‘And indeed I read in my Financial Times this morning, devoted reader that I am – seriously, it is a great, great, great British brand.
‘I read in my Financial Times this morning that there is no incoming leader, no incoming leader has ever faced such a set of daunting circumstances, it said.
‘Well, I look at you this morning and I ask myself, do you look daunted? Do you feel daunted? I don’t think you look remotely daunted to me.
‘And I think that we know we can do it and that the people of this country are trusting in us to do it and we know that we will do it.
‘And we know the mantra of the campaign that has just gone by, in case you have forgotten it and you probably have, it is deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn – and that is what we are going to do.
‘We are all going to defeat Jeremy Corbyn. I know that some wag has already pointed out that deliver, unite and defeat was not the perfect acronym for an election campaign, since unfortunately it spells dud – but they forgot the final ‘e’ my friends, ‘e’ for energise.
‘And I say to all the doubters, dude, we are going to energise the country.
‘We are going to get Brexit done on October 31. We are going to take advantage of all the opportunities that it will bring in a new spirit of can-do.
‘And we are once again going to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve.
‘And like some slumbering giant, we are going to rise and ping off the guy ropes of self-doubt and negativity, with better education, better infrastructure, more police, fantastic full-fibre broadband sprouting in every household – we are going to unite this amazing country and we are going to take it forward.
‘I thank you all very much for the incredible honour that you have just done me.
‘I will work flat out from now on with my team that I will build, I hope in the next few days, to repay your confidence, but in the meantime the campaign is over and the work begins.
‘Thank you all very much.’
Could Hunt be sacked for failing to get a big enough share of vote?
Jeremy Hunt is under threat of being sacked as foreign secretary after failing run Boris Johnson close in the Tory leadership contest.
Allies of Mr Johnson said last night that he would have a ‘free hand’ to demote his rival provided he secures at least 60 per cent of the vote.
In the event he romped home with 66 per cent.
Mr Hunt has indicated he wants to stay on as foreign secretary if his leadership bid fails. He is also said to have indicated he would accept an alternative top job, such as chancellor or deputy prime minister.
But allies of Mr Johnson are urging him to demote Mr Hunt following a fractious campaign in which he called his rival a ‘coward’.
Jeremy Hunt (pictured in Downing Street today) is at risk of being sacked as foreign secretary after failing to run Boris Johnson close in the Tory leadership contest
Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading supporter of Mr Johnson, yesterday said Mr Hunt had no right to expect a top job and should stop ‘grandstanding and saying, ‘If I’m not Foreign Secretary I won’t be anything’.
Mr Johnson has told friends: ‘It is going to be very difficult to satisfy everyone.’
Whip Mark Spencer is expected to be promoted to serve as chief whip, with Julian Smith paying the price of his role in the May administration.
Liz Truss, Matt Hancock and Sajid Javid are locked in a three-way battle to become Mr Johnson’s Chancellor.
And Mr Johnson is said to be agonising over what, if anything, to offer former defence secretary Gavin Williamson.