Although neither the leader of his party or the prime minister, Boris Johnson has become one of the most influential political voices in the UK today.
Eton and Oxford University graduate ( and Student Union President to boot), Boris initially sought a career in journalism, working for The Times and The Telegraph before rising to the position of editor of The Spectator, a role he occupied from 1999 - 2005.
From 2001 - 2008 he became the Conservative’s Member of Parliament for Henley and rose to shadow cabinet positions under David Cameron and Michael Howard.
However it was as the Tory party candidate for the London Mayoral election in 2008, that Johnson’s public profile soared. Resigning from Parliament, he beat the incumbent Ken Livingstone and went on to secure a second term in 2012, when the eyes of he world were on the capital when it hosted the Olympic Games.
Boris’ physical presence, with his mop of blonde hair, became as eye-catching as his political statements. Not known for his diplomacy or cautious rhetoric, Johnson has regularly been accused of stepping over the line of decency and good taste in the media.
In 2015 Johnson won the parliamentary seat for Uxbridge and South Ruislip and moved back to the House of Commons. In the 2016 European Referendum, he became one of the major forces in the leave campaign, undermining the authority of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Cameron’s position became untenable when the leave campaign won at the polls and as a eurosceptic it was Johnson whose name was swiftly put forward to take his place. However, after much political posturing, it was Theresa May who was elected as leader although Boris was rewarded with his first government cabinet position as Foreign Secretary.
In 2019, after Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement failed to be passed by parliament on three occasions, it became impossible for her to stay in her role as PM.
In July Theresa May agreed to resign, and after a lengthy Tory leadership campaign, the membership had two candidates to choose from, Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson.
Johnson won convincingly by 92,153 votes to 46,656 and on visiting The Queen on July 24, assumed the role of Prime Minister.
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