Live coverage: Boris Johnson to become UK’s next prime minister

Boris Johnson has been elected as leader of the Conservative Party and will become the UK’s next prime minister after defeating Jeremy Hunt.

Theresa May will tender her resignation to the Queen after taking Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons on Wednesday afternoon for the final time, with the new Tory leader set to enter Number 10 soon afterwards.

Here’s the latest:

12.09pm

Boris Johnson said it was an “extraordinary honour and privilege” to be elected Tory leader. He received 92,153 votes while 46,656 votes were cast for Jeremy Hunt.

12.06pm

Theresa May has tweeted her congratulations to the new Tory Party leader.

12.05pm

Boris Johnson has been elected as leader of the Conservative Party and will become the UK’s next prime minister after defeating Jeremy Hunt.

12.02pm

11.57pm

The result is about to be announced as Tory Party chairman Brandon Lewis enters the stage.

11.52pm

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Jeremy Hunt and his wife Lucia arrive at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre (Aaron Chown/PA)

11.50pm

DUP leader Arlene Foster is following the events from the Enniskillen Constituency office.

In Enniskillen Constituency Office watching developments in London – awaiting the announcement of our new Prime Minister. #HistoricDayspic.twitter.com/dMyOcnpCAL

— Arlene Foster (@DUPleader) July 23, 2019

11.45pm

The Queen Elizabeth II Centre is packed ahead of the announcement. Boris Johnson’s father Stanley, journalist sister Rachel and politician brother Jo have been spotted among the audience.

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Stanley Johnson and Rachel Johnson at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre (Stefan Rousseau/PA)
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