Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks after being announced as the new leader of the Conservative Party in London.
Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks after being announced as the new leader of the Conservative Party in London. AP Photo - Frank Augstein

Celebrities savagely attack UK’s new PM

Boris Johnson has been named the next British Prime Minister after winning the Conservative Party leadership contest against Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

However, the floppy-haired Brexiteer's appointment hasn't gone down well with some, as public figures in the UK are lining up on social media to take shots.

Radiohead singer Thom Yorke tweeted a historic letter from one of Mr Johnson's teachers at the elite Eton College, condemning the then 18-year-old Johnson on his behaviour as a student.

Mr Yorke simply wrote: "F*** you Prime Minister".

Hip-hop star Stormzy retweeted a message with a line from one of his singles, saying "F*** Boris".

Celebrity chef Nigella Lawson tweeted an emoji of a woman holding her head in her hands.

However, Mr Johnson has found favour with one very high profile TV-star-turned-leader-of-the-free-world - Donald Trump.

The US President said Mr Johnson was a "really good man" who is "tough and smart".

He said Mr Johnson also reminded him of someone he's rather fond of.

"They call him Britain Trump," he told his supporters to loud cheers at a rally overnight. "People say that's a good thing. They like me over there.

"That's what they wanted. That's what they need. He'll get it done. Boris is good."

Mr Johnson won the vote with more than 92,000 votes compared to 46,656 for Mr Hunt, drawn from the nearly 160,000 Conservative Party members from around the country.

In his victory speech, Mr Johnson said it was an "extraordinary honour and privilege" to receive the leadership and joked that while "people will question the wisdom of your decision," "no one party has a monopoly on wisdom."

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Mr Johnson will take office on Wednesday after Theresa May hosts her final Prime Minister's Questions and heads to Buckingham Palace to hand her resignation to the Queen.

He will then visit the Queen himself, before moving his furniture into Downing Street and "the hard work begins", as he told the audience in London.

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Mr Johnson will address the nation tomorrow to set out his priorities in office, however he gave a glimpse of them on Tuesday when he said he wanted to deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

He joked about the unfortunate acronym DUD, but said people are forgetting the 'E' for energise.

"I say to all the doubters, 'dude we are going to energise the country," he said, adding that the UK would be a "slumbering giant" that would "rise and ping off the guy ropes of self doubt."

President Trump tweeted his congratulations to the new Prime Minister, saying he would be "great". Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he looks forward to meeting him at the G7 and praised his "reputation for making things happen".

Mr Johnson is expected to start taking calls from world leaders tomorrow once he is installed in office.

European Union leaders also tweeted their congratulations and said they are ready to work on a Brexit deal.

"We look forward to working constructively with PM Boris Johnson when he takes office, to facilitate the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement and achieve an orderly Brexit," EU negotiator Michel Barnier tweeted.

Both Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt offered their congratulations. It's unclear whether his rival, Jeremy Hunt, will stay in his role at the Foreign Office.

Brexit has been the defining issue of the leadership contest, with polls showing Conservative party members favoured Mr Johnson as the right person to handle Brexit.

YouGov data shows he is the most popular Conservative politician and 68 per cent of Conservative members were more interested in Brexit plans than domestic policy. More than half said they would vote for a good Brexit plan even if domestic policy was lacking.

Both Mr Hunt and Mr Johnson refused to rule out a no deal Brexit, although Mr Johnson is regarded as more of a hard Brexiteer.

Mr Johnson's campaign has tried to paint an optimistic picture of post-Brexit Britain, although he has been criticised for lacking detail. Mr Hunt has portrayed himself as a safe pair of hands for sheparding the Brexit process although some believe his managerial style is not as inspirational.

Several cabinet ministers including Chancellor Philip Hammond, International Development Secretary Rory Stewart and Justice Secretary David Gauke said they would hand in their resignations rather than serve under Mr Johnson in protest over his Brexit approach.

The leadership contest came after Theresa May announced she would resign last month after failing to pass her withdrawal agreement with the EU in the UK parliament.

The new leader will face a huge task of trying to cobble together a Brexit deal where parliament is utterly divided over what the new relationship with the EU should look like. The Conservative Party lacks an overall majority and most members of the House of Commons oppose leaving the EU without a deal.

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