- Boris Johnson elected Leader of the Conservative Party
Following a ballot of the Conservative Party membership, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP has been elected as Leader of the Conservative & Unionist Party.
There were 159, 320 eligible electors. Turnout was 87.4%
Jeremy Hunt received 46, 656 votes
Boris Johnson received 92, 153 votes
There were 509 rejected ballots.
The Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP and Charles Walker OBE MP were the returning officers for the membership vote.
The independent Electoral Reform Services administered the ballot.
Commenting, Conservative Party Chairman the Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP said:
“I’d like to congratulate Boris Johnson on his election as our new leader.
“This leadership contest has shown our party at its best, with sixteen strongly attended hustings across every region and nation of the UK, with hundreds of probing questions but a fair hearing for both candidates.
“I’d like to thank both candidates for their commitment to this process and the team here at CCHQ for putting on a superb contest.”
Sixteen hustings were held in every region and nation of the UK over four weeks, as well as a digital hustings open to the public.
Over 11,000 members attended the hustings.
Over 600 members of the UK and international media attended the hustings
The digital hustings has been viewed over 100,000 times