Boris Johnson has been named the new Conservative Party leader – paving the way for him to become prime minister in a little over 24 hours’ time.
The former London mayor is now set to fulfill his long-held ambition of residing in 10 Downing Street, after beating rival Tory leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt.
Mr Johnson said it was an “extraordinary honour and privilege” to be elected Tory leader and pledged to “energise the country” following the announcement.
“The campaign is over and the work begins,” he added.
He also paid tribute to outgoing prime minister Theresa May, thanking her for her “extraordinary service to this party and this country”.
And Mr Johnson described his leadership opponent Mr Hunt as a “font of excellent ideas”.
Mrs May pledged her support to her successor, posting on Twitter: “We now need to work together to deliver a Brexit that works for the whole UK and to keep Jeremy Corbyn out of government.