Boris Johnson has been named as the new Conservative Party leader - and is set to become the next Prime Minister.

The long-awaited announcement revealed he had received 92,153 votes.

Rival Jeremy Hunt received 46,656.

Mr Johnson promised to work "flat out" to deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn.

Chester and District Standard:

Speaking immediately after the announcement he addressed comments that he faced the most daunting set of circumstances of any Prime Minister. But he he insisted he did feel daunted.

He added: "We are going to unite this amazing country and taker it forward.

"I will work flat out with my team, which I will build in the coming days."

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He thanked outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May and leadership rival Mr Hunt.

Speculation has now turned to who he will appoint in his cabinet, with the Conservative Party still heavily divided on Brexit.

Already education minister Anne Milton has resigned.

Following the announcement, Copeland MP Trudy Harrison said: “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.”

Mark Jenkinson, deputy leader of Allerdale council, said: "I am delighted to see Boris Johnson be elected as leader.

"In Boris, beneath the sometimes exuberant exterior, is a man that has the energy, the substance, the intelligence, and the will to deliver.

"His first big challenge will be to deliver Brexit by October 31, and in doing so to deliver on the promises we have made to the people of Workington, of Allerdale and of the UK.

"We can then get to work on delivering a new raft of domestic policy to make the most of Brexit Britain, and building a country that works for each of us as stakeholders."

Mr Johnson, former foreign secretary, will now become Prime Minister tomorrow.

Her will be appointed by the Queen after Theresa May formally resigns from the office.

Mrs May will take one last round of Prime Minister's Question in the Commons before travelling to Buckingham Palace.

Mr Johnson will then have his own audience with the Queen to be offered the chance to form her new government before entering Downing Street.