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Boris Johnson expected to be announced as Britain’s new Prime Minister today

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? Licensed to London News Pictures. 22/07/2019. London, UK. Conservative Party leadership contender Boris Johnson leaves an address in Westminster. He is one of two remaining candidates in the leadership contest . Photo credit: George Cracknell Wright/LNP
Boris Johnson is the frontrunner to be the next Prime Minister (Picture: George Cracknell Wright/LNP)

Britain is about to learn who its next prime minister will be later this morning.

The winner of the Tory leadership contest is expected to be announced at 11.40am.

Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will take over as prime minister tomorrow after Theresa May’s final PMQs in the House of Commons.

Mrs. May will then head to Buckingham Palace to formally resign and recommend Johnson as her successor.

GERRARDS CROSS, ENGLAND - JULY 18: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks to members of the local community during a leadership campaign event on July 18, 2019 in Gerrards Cross, England. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the remaining candidates in contention for the Conservative Party Leadership and thus Prime Minister of the UK. Results will be announced on July 23rd 2019. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is running against Johnson in the race to Downing St (Picture: Getty)

The outgoing prime minister sparked a Tory leadership election in May when she emotionally announced her resignation outside 10 Downing Street, saying it had been ‘the honour of my life’ to ‘serve the country that I love.’

No less than 13 Tory MPs entered the race, with contenders such as Sajid Javid, Michael Gove and Rory Stewart knocked out during several rounds of votes by other Tory MPs.

Jeremy Corbyn called for a general election following Mrs. May’s resignation and will likely make a fresh demand for a public vote later today.

But so long as the next Tory leader has the support from most MPs, they do not have to hold a general election.

It’s not the first time a prime minister has been decided without a general election.

Labour did it in 2007 when Gordon Brown took over as prime minister from Tony Blair.

He waited three years until 2010 before holding an election.

Source: https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/23/boris-johnson-expected-announced-britains-new-prime-minister-today-10443106/