What is Boris Johnson promising if he becomes Prime Minister? Plus latest odds on who will take over from Theresa May
BORIS Johnson is the current favourite in the race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as the next Tory leader and resident of Number 10.
But what are the odds of the former Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London taking the prime position anyway? Here's the latest.
Who is Boris Johnson?
Born on June 19, 1964, the Conservative MP is the former Foreign Secretary and in the running to be the next party leader, which will also propel him into Number 10 as the Prime Minister.
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has been the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015 and was previously the MP for Henley between 2001 and 2008.
Boris Johnson was born in New York and went to Eton College before reading Classics at Balliol College, Oxford where he became President of the Oxford Union in 1986.
He started working life as a journalist first at The Times and later became The Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent and was the paper’s assistant editor between 1994 and 1999.
Johnson then edited The Spectator from 1999 to 2005.
During that time he became the MP for Henley in 2001 and served in the Shadow Cabinet, both under Michael Howard and David Cameron.
In 2008 he was elected Mayor of London and resigned his seat in the Commons after beating Ken Livingstone. He was re-elected to the post in 2012 after once again seeing off the challenge from Livingstone.
Johnson became the MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the 2015 general election and resigned as mayor the following year.
In 2016 he played a prominent role in the Vote Leave campaign in the Brexit referendum.
After the successful campaign which saw the UK vote to leave the EU he was later appointed by the Prime Minister Theresa May as the Foreign Secretary.
Johnson though resigned from the post two years later in criticism of May’s approach to Brexit and what became known as the Chequers Agreement.
The politician is a larger-than-life figure in public life, often sharply dividing opinion. While he is seen as a popular and entertaining figure among hardcore Tory voters with the ability to appeal to many across the political spectrum he is also often accused of dishonesty, elitism and laziness and having a rather colourful love life.
What has Boris Johnson promised if he becomes Prime Minister?
Just ahead of nominations, Boris announced he would bring in a tax break for 3million Brits in an apparent bid to woo higher earners.
The measure would cost an estimated £9.6billion a year, and will be paid for by dipping into the £26.6billion set aside for No Deal planning.
At his official Conservative leadership contest launch Bojo pitched his bold vision for a post-Brexit Britain and warned that the Tories will "kick the bucket" if they fail to get us out of the EU by October 31.
Johnson has said he will lead Britain out of the EU with or without a deal by October 31 — so he can focus on dealing with issues that have been left on the back- burner for the past three years.
His main economic policy is to ditch any austerity measures and has made numerous spending promises, mainly on infrastructure, saying he would borrow the money to fund various projects, including rolling out broadband in rural areas and greenlighting Northern Powerhouse Rail.
He has also promised to end "unfair" prosecutions of Northern Ireland veterans who served during the Troubles.
Johnson has also promised to slash VAT and make fewer people pay National Insurance to help low-paid workers.
Action could include lowering VAT rates and raising the National Insurance threshold for lowest earners.
It will form part of a “Brexit bonanza” to boost the wage packets of millions of hard-pressed families.
Will Boris Johnson be the next Prime Minister?
Johnson admitted on May 16, 2019, he would "of course" stand in the Conservative leadership contest to replace May.
His leadership ambitions suffered a blow when he was summoned to court over claims he lied in the EU referendum campaign – but the case has since been thrown out of the High Court.
The arch-Eurosceptic ex-London mayor remains the bookies' favourite to win the leadership race.
Currently bookies Paddy Power have Johnson as the clear favourite with odds of 1/25 while his rival Jeremy Hunt is on 12/1.
He drew a huge crowd to hear him bash Theresa May's Brexit plans in a barnstorming speech at the Tory conference in Birmingham.
His aborted leadership bid in 2016 was scuppered by his friend Michael Gove, severely damaging his electoral "brand".
When will the next Tory leader be announced?
The 160,000 members of the Conservative Party started voting for the next leader on July 6 and the deadline for ballot papers is July 21.
An announcement is expected on July 23.
The candidate with more than 50 per cent of the vote is declared winner.
On July 24 Theresa May is due to take her final Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons and then travel to Buckingham Palace to resign as Prime Minister in a meeting with The Queen.
What will be on his list of things to do if he is made Prime Minister?
Completing Brexit and getting the UK out of the EU will be his most pressing issue and he will need to deliver on his promises.
He has clearly stated we must leave on or before October 31, no matter what, which could mean a no deal scenario.
He told The Sun on Sunday he would be a "different sort of Prime Minister".
Johnson vowed to end the “diet of misery” inflicted on the nation and put a spring back in everyone’s step.
Johnson said: “For the last three years, quite frankly, we’ve had nothing but a diet of miserabilism.
"We can’t do this, we can’t do that. You know, ‘Computer says no’. And it’s really wretched.
“I think probably I’m going to be a different sort of Prime Minister in the sense that throughout my political career, I’ve tended to go for my shots.
“Sometimes I get out and sometimes I hit some runs.
"So let’s knock it out of the park. Well, I think, at least have a go.”
What did Boris say about Theresa May's Brexit plan?
BoJo claimed the PM's Brexit plan would wrap Britain in a "suicide vest" and give the detonator to Brussels.
But Tory rising star and former Army officer Tom Tugendhat, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, demanded Boris "grow up".
He said: "A suicide bomber murdered many in the courtyard of my office in Helmand. The carnage was disgusting — limbs and flesh hanging from trees and bushes.
"Comparing the PM to that isn't funny."
His comments have sparked a huge row within the Tory party as his allies fear he has undermined his own leadership plans with his outspoken views.
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The former Foreign Secretary quit the Cabinet in protest at the PM's Brexit proposals which she hammered out at Chequers.
Since throwing his hat into the ring for Conservation leadership once again, Boris has said he will hold EU chiefs to ransom in a bid to get a better Brexit deal.
He claims he will refuse to pay the £39billion payoff until they agree to more favourable terms for the UK.
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