23 Jul 19
BORIS Johnson becomes Britain’s “dude” PM today with a pledge to “unite this amazing country”.
He was elected as the Tories’ new leader yesterday, winning double the number of rival Jeremy Hunt’s votes.
Boris Johnson has vowed to energise Britain as Prime Minister
Boris got the votes of 92,153 Tory members compared to Mr Hunt’s 46,656
Making a joke about his campaign vows — to deliver, unite and defeat — he added a fourth, energise, to make up a new acronym. He told party members: “I say to all the doubters, DUDE, we are going to energise the country.”
Elated Mr Johnson, 55, also vowed to deliver Brexit and defeat Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn.
Boris got the votes of 92,153 Tory members, 66.4 per cent, to Mr Hunt’s 46,656, 33.6 per cent.
But Boris, 55, now has to deliver Brexit in just 100 days by October 31 — and with a Commons majority that will fall to just two if the Tories lose the upcoming Brecon and Radnorshire by-election.
Even his allies admit making the charismatic but unpredictable Boris PM is a Tory gamble for survival.
One said: “Boris is a roll of the dice. It will either come up a six — or a one.”
But BoJo was defiant during his acceptance speech to fellow Tories at the QE2 Centre in Westminster.
He pledged to help the country “rise and ping off the guy ropes of self-doubt and negativity like some slumbering giant”.
There was a trademark quip on his three campaign pledges, saying: “I know 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. I say to all the doubters, dude, we are going to energise the country.
“We are going to get Brexit done on October 31st, we are going to take advantage of all the opportunities it is going to bring in a new spirit of can-do and we are once again going to believe in ourselves and what we can achieve.”
Boris admitted some will “question the wisdom” of the Tory party’s decision to elect him.
But he vowed to “work flat-out” and added: “The campaign is over and the work begins.”
Mr Hunt said he was “very disappointed” but conceded beating the favourite was always going to be uphill “because I voted Remain”.
In a bid to keep his Foreign Secretary’s job, he also said Boris will make a “great prime minister”.
He added: “I think Boris fought a very, very good campaign. He has got the confidence and the optimism and the energy to get us through this.”
Today Theresa May will bid farewell by taking her final Prime Minister’s Questions at 12pm.
Boris arrives at Tory HQ as he prepares to deliver, unite, defeat and energise the UK
In a defiant acceptance speech, BoJo pledged to help the country ‘rise and ping off the guy ropes of self-doubt and negativity like some slumbering giant’
She will then make a speech in Downing Street at 2.20pm before going to Buckingham Palace with husband Philip to resign during an audience with the Queen.
Her Maj will then receive Boris after 3pm and formally ask him to form a Government.
He is expected to go to the palace alone. Girlfriend Carrie Symonds is being advised to keep out of sight and not move into No 10 for a few days to avoid a fuss.
After seeing the Queen, BoJo will make a speech from outside No 10 just after 4pm. Mrs May was one of the first to congratulate Boris, pledging to give him “my full support from the back benches”.
But the Remainer exodus from Government continued yesterday as Skills Minister Anne Milton became the latest to quit.
She said she resigned over her “grave concerns about leaving the EU without a deal”.
Ms Milton also signalled she is ready to defy Boris in the Commons by vowing to “do what is right for my country and my constituents”.
There were also barbed congratulations from Chancellor Philip Hammond, who will resign today. He tweeted: “Congratulations @BorisJohnson! You have said very clearly that you are determined to do a deal with Brussels — and you will have my wholehearted support in doing so. Good luck!”
At least two other Cabinet ministers will resign today, Justice Secretary David Gauke and Development Secretary Rory Stewart.
In a half-hour meeting with Tory backbenchers yesterday Boris said he was “not in favour of an early General Election”. He did not specifically rule it out.
The incoming PM was cheered as he repeated his pledge to leave the EU by 31 October.
He said he was “absolutely committed” to the Halloween deadline” but MPs in the room said much of his speech focused on “what happens on the 1st of November”.
He promised to put education and infrastructure projects such as a nationwide fibre optic broadband at the top of his to-do list.
Boris won more cheers when he promised to stop unjust prosecutions of Northern Ireland veterans.
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He softened his language on the £50billion HS2 high speed rail project — refusing an invitation to scrap it and stressing the UK’s need to invest in infrastructure.
His remarks on HS2, much more upbeat than during his leadership campaign, was described by one in the room as a “handbrake turn.”
Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, tipped for a top job in Boris’s Cabinet, said his speech was: “Vintage Boris — a very entertaining and very uplifting speech.”
But not all Tory MPs were happy with Boris’s performance.
Remainer Keith Simpson left early saying: “It was classic Boris — the circus has come to town. I couldn’t stand any more of it.”
And he laid into MPs queuing up to praise Boris saying: “They were all trying to look as though they are not ambitious little s**ts.”
Boris’s dad Stanley, brother Jo and sister Rachel were in the QE2 Centre to hear the result.
[boxout headline=”The Sun Says” intro=”BORIS Johnson now has a thumping mandate from his party and the potential to be a fantastic Prime Minister. But his task is monumental — and he has to be smarter about it than his predecessor.”]Delivering Brexit somehow is of course the priority. He must today appoint a radical Chancellor to prepare a tax-cutting Budget in preparation for No Deal. The EU must know we are ready for it.
Tax cuts should be near the top of the agenda anyway, with the overall burden at a 50-year high. Boris must put more money in Sun readers’ pockets and revive Theresa May’s failed mission to help the “just about managings”.
Cutting corporation tax too will attract investment and create jobs.
Boris must pump far more into defence. Having supported our Veterans Pledge he must legislate to end unjust prosecutions of Northern Ireland troops and put a Veterans Minister in Cabinet.
He must re-establish the Tories as the party of law and order with 20,000 more cops. He must end Mrs May’s suffocating nanny-state meddling and trust education and exercise to tackle obesity, not punitive, idiotic taxes on milkshakes.
He must find solutions on social care and schools. Millions of affordable homes must be built for first-time buyers.
Abroad, Boris must talk trade with Trump and mastermind the Iran crisis.
He must radically improve the Cabinet and trust them to deliver, not micro-manage like Mrs May. And yet those are some of his simpler tasks.
Trickier may be winning over doubting voters, Remainers especially. But the ex-Tory Mayor of left-leaning London can do that by showing his true colours as a tolerant and inclusive politician.
Hardest of all will be to unify his party, with a swelling army of mutinous Remainers threatening his tiny majority. An early election looks inevitable.
So far Boris is just an inspiring blast of optimism after years of purgatory.
The Sun knows he has far more to offer. We warmly congratulate him and wish him all the luck he will now need.
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Asked what advice he will give, Stanley said: “Keep at it, imagine this is a game of rugger and you have to get the ball over the line.
“Not just Brexit. Brexit in a way is the least of the problems. There are so many key issues — climate change and deforestation. Things we need to be looking at.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said BoJo had won the backing of the Tories — but not of Britain.
He added: “Boris Johnson has won the support of fewer than 100,000 unrepresentative Conservative Party members by promising tax cuts for the richest, presenting himself as the bankers’ best friend and pushing for a damaging No-Deal Brexit. But he hasn’t won the support of our country.”
Boris’ father Stanley Johnson, sister Rachel Johnson and brother Jo Johnson react to his victory
Boris spotted out on the town to celebrate his new job as PM
Jacob Rees-Mogg arrives at a private reception attended by Boris Johnson
Theresa May will bid farewell by taking her final Prime Minister’s Questions at 12pm, before heading off to meet the Queen and resign
[boxout headline=”BATTLE FOR DUP” featured-image=”9570118″ intro=”ONE of Boris’s first major tests will be his handling of DUP leader Arlene Foster after she demanded assurances his Brexit strategy will not harm Northern Ireland.”]She said she would review the DUP’s deal with the Tories, which is crucial in propping up the party’s three-seat majority.
After speaking to Mr Johnson on the phone, she said: “The agreement between the Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party remains. It will be reviewed and will explore the policy priorities of both parties.”[/boxout]
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