Boris Johnson named new Conservative Party leader

Boris Johnson is preparing to move into Downing Street after winning the Tory leadership contest.

He beat rival Jeremy Hunt by a clear margin of 92,153 votes to 46,656.

The new British Prime Minister-in-waiting will start drawing up his first Cabinet reshuffle after getting the traditional desk-thumping welcome from Conservative MPs.

The former UK Foreign Secretary was widely expected to win the race to replace Theresa May.

The Conservative Party’s 160,000 members chose the new leader via a postal ballot, in which they had a month to decide their next leader.

Mrs May will tender her resignation to her boss The Queen on Wednesday afternoon, with Mr Johnson set to enter Number 10 soon afterwards after being sworn-in at Buckingham Palace.

Mr Johnson’s family including his father Stanley, sister Rachel and brother Jo were among those in the audience to hear the news that he had secured 66 per cent of the votes from activists.

However, there was no sign of his girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

Mr Johnson – whose ambition as a boy was to be ‘World King’ – has already pledged to forge ahead with promises to cut taxes and secure Brexit by Halloween even if it means crashing out of the EU without an agreement.