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MPs react to new prime minister Boris Johnson

The race is over. Credit: PA

Boris Johnson is the next leader of the Conservative Party and will become the UK's next prime minister after defeating rival Jeremy Hunt.

There was a huge turnout of voters. Mr Johnson won by a clear majority, securing 92,153 votes, with Mr Hunt receiving 46,656.

The former Foreign Secretary was expected to takeover Number 10, being a clear frontrunner for the majority of the race.

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Scottish Conservative Party politician John Lamont reacted moments after the news was announced.

“While I am disappointed that Jeremy Hunt has not received sufficient backing, now is the time for the Conservative Party to come together and to deliver Brexit."

“I am pleased that it has been such a positive campaign and that both candidates have spoken so much about the importance of strengthening our United Kingdom. I cannot recall a leadership campaign where Scotland and Scottish issues have featured so highly and that has been good to see. After this campaign, I am sure Boris Johnson will put the future of the United Kingdom at the very heart of his premiership.”

– John Lamont, MP

David Mundell, MP and Secretary of State for Scotland, took to Twitter:

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Border and Penrith MP Rory Stewart, who was knocked out of the race to become Conservative leader, says he will not serve under Mr Johnson's lead.

Mr Stewart has now confirmed his resignation in a tweet after clashing with Mr Johnson.

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Conservative MP for Copeland Trudy Harrison reacted to the news:

“I am pleased to now be at the end of this chapter and look ahead to serving the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, to the best of my ability for the benefit of Copeland.”

– Trudy Harrison
Boris Johnson addresses the room, moments after election news. Credit: PA

MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale and former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, is less pleased about Mr Johnson's appointing.

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Mrs May is set to resign in the presence of the Queen after taking Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons on Wednesday afternoon.