BORIS Johnson today vowed to “love bomb” Tory rebels after being named as Britain’s next Prime Minister with a landslide victory over Jeremy Hunt. The new Tory leader said he was “impatient” to get cracking with Brexit and the domestic agenda in the wake of his historic win.
The new Tory leader will have just 100 days to deliver on his do-or-die promise to take Britain out of the EU on October 31 – after winning twice as many votes as his rival. In a sharp break from buttoned-up Theresa May, BoJo used his victory speech to make a string of jokes as he pledged to unite the shattered Tory party. He said: “We know the mantra of the campaign just gone by – deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn and that’s what we’re going to do. “Some wag has already pointed out ‘deliver, unite and defeat’ was not the best slogan because it spells out ‘dud’. But they forgot the final E – for ‘energise’! “I say to my doubters – DUDE, we’re going to get Brexit done on October 31.” And speaking to Tory MPs this afternoon, the new leader said he would “love bomb” those who didn’t vote for him. Boris said he wouldn’t hold a General Election before 2022 and insisted: “I think our party seems in very good health.” Boris rode a wave of optimism with his charismatic personality to sweep aside a huge field of challengers and win the support of grassroots Conservative activists. Mr Johnson won over 66.4 per cent of members’ votes, with Mr Hunt trailing far behind on just 33.6 per cent. Farage asked today: “Does he have the courage to deliver for the country?” In his first speech as Tory party leader, Mr Johnson paid tribute to Theresa May’s “extraordinary service to this party and this country”. He also praised his opponent Mr Hunt, telling him: “You’ve been a font of excellent ideas, all of which I’m going to steal forthwith.” The free-wheeling address was an early sign of the optimistic approach Boris plans to take in his new job. He told activists: “I know that there will be people around the place who will question the wisdom of your decision. There may even be some people here who still wonder what they have done!”
But mocking critics who say he faces a “daunting set of circumstances”, Mr Johnson blasted: “I look at you this morning and I ask myself, ‘Do you look daunted? Do you feel daunted?’ I don’t think you look remotely daunted to me. “I think we know that we can do it and that the people of this country are trusting in us to do it and we know that we will do it.”And he added: “Today at this political moment in our history we again have to reconcile two sets of instincts, two noble sets of instincts, between the deep desire of friendship and free trade and mutual support in security and defence between Britain and our European partners and the simultaneous desire, equally deep and heartfelt, for democratic self-government in this country. “Of course some people would say that they are irreconcilable and it