Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson: Who Is The UK's Prime Minister?

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson will continue as Prime Minister after the Conservative Party won a majority at the 2019 General Election.

Mr Johnson hailed a "powerful new mandate to get Brexit done" following a "historic election".

During the election campaign, the Prime Minister pledged to "increase funding" for defence, stating the Tories would not be cutting the military "in any form".

He also promised to keep defence spending at 2% of GDP, as well as to increase funding to the Armed Forces each year by 0.5% above inflation.

Who is Boris Johnson?

Born in 1964 in New York, Boris Johnson holds both British and United States citizenship.

He studied at Eton, before going to Oxford University to study Classics.

He began working first as a journalist at The Times, before joining The Daily Telegraph where he established himself as a Eurosceptic and later political columnist, before moving on to become editor of The Spectator.

In 1993 Boris Johnson decided he wanted a career in politics.

He announced his desire to stand as a Conservative candidate to be a Member of the European Parliament but failed to find a constituency.

In 1997 he then tried to win a seat in the House of Commons – but lost his seat to a Labour candidate.

Boris Johnson after winning the Henley seat at General Election
Boris Johnson first became an MP in 2001 (Picture: PA).

However, after Michael Heseltine retired, Boris Johnson decided to stand as the Conservative candidate for Henley in the 2001 election which he went on to win.

In 2008 he left Parliament to become Mayor of London, a role which threw him into the spotlight as he became known for controversy as well as many public gaffs.

In 2014 returned to politics as a candidate for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, becoming MP the following year.

In July 2019, Mr Johnson was elected as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the country.

He is set to continue as leader of the country following his party's election win.

Cover image: PA.

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