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Boris Johnson is the next British prime minister

 Boris Johnson speaks at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London after being announced as the new Conservative party leader and next British prime minister. Picture by Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Boris Johnson will become British prime minister after securing victory in the battle for the Conservative Party leadership.

The former foreign secretary, who was the firm favourite to win the contest, defeated Jeremy Hunt in the ballot of Tory members.

Mr Johnson secured 92,153 of the vote compared to 46,656 for Mr Hunt to win the Tory leadership.

Boris Johnson's share of the vote - 66.4% - is slightly lower than the share won by David Cameron in the 2005 Conservative leadership election (67.6%). 

Mr Johnson will be the fifth prime minister since the Second World War to have been educated at Eton College.

He will be appointed as prime minister tomorrow by Queen Elizabeth after Theresa May formally resigns from the office.

The Queen has seen 13 prime ministers come and go during her reign, with Boris Johnson soon to become her 14th.

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 Jeremy Hunt offers his hand to Boris Johnson after the latter was selected as the new leader of the Conservative Party. Picture by Stefan Rousseau/P/A Wire

The new Conservative Party leader used his victory speech to promise that he would meet the October 31 Brexit deadline with a "new spirit of can-do", releasing the country's "guy ropes of self-doubt and negativity".

He said it was an "extraordinary honour and privilege" and insisted that "we are going to unite this amazing country and we are going to take it forward".

At the leadership announcement event in central London, Mr Johnson said: "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."

Improved education, infrastructure, more police and full-fibre broadband are among the ways Mr Johnson said this would be achieved.

But Mr Johnson's main task will be fulfilling his "do or die" promise to deliver Brexit on October 31, which he has said he will do with or without a deal.

Tory backbencher Charles Walker had issued a plea to the party shortly before the announcement of Boris Johnson as new leader.

"Can we be kinder to the next prime minister than we have been to the current prime minister," the MP said from the stage.

Mrs May will take one last round of Prime Minister's Question in the Commons today before travelling to Buckingham Palace to offer her resignation.

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Congratulatory messages are being shared by politicians.

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 Boris Johnson has won the Conservative Party leadership race

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