News | Published December 27 2019

2019 Review: Johnson elected leader of Conservative party

As we approach the end of the year, we have collected a selection of the most influential political events of 2019. In this article, we focus on Boris Johnson becoming leader of the Conservative party. 

In late July of this year, the now prime minister Boris Johnson was elected as leader of the Conservative Party.

Johnson defeated the then foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt in order to secure the position.

The prime minister won 92,153 votes against Hunt’s 46,656, with a turnout of 87.4 per cent. Around 160,000 Tory members were eligible to vote.

The former London mayor, who had long been seen as the front runner in the contest, formally succeeded Theresa May as prime minister after an audience with the Queen at Buckingham Palace on 24 July.

Mr Johnson had promised to take the UK out of the EU by 31 October “do or die”, although this has since been delayed until 31 January 2020.

Philip Hammond, David Gauke and Rory Stewart all resigned before the new prime minister took office. They all stated they would not be able to serve under a government pursuing a no-deal exit.

Sir Alan Duncan resigned from the government prior to Johnson’s election, extraordinarily demanding an emergency Commons debate to test whether the new Tory leader could command the support of the house.

The Speaker rejected the request for a debate.

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
December 27 2019

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