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Seven Days: 26 July 2019

Seven Days: 26 July 2019

Boris becomes PM

Hunt defeated

Boris Johnson was elected leader of the Conservative party on 23 July, winning 92,153 votes against Jeremy Hunt’s 46,656, at a ratio of 2:1. Turnout from party members for the widely anticipated outcome was 87.4 per cent. Mr Johnson ran on a ticket to guarantee the UK’s exit from the European Union by the current deadline of 31 October, with or without a deal. Allies of Mr Johnson said that the leader intended to select a ‘unity cabinet’. The pound rallied on the day of his confirmation as prime minister.

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