Congratulations to our founder member Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, new leader of the Conservative Party and the Prime Minister.
Here is his first speech outside the Downing Street:
“I have just been to see Her Majesty the Queen who has invited me to form a government and I have accepted.
I pay tribute to the fortitude and patience of my predecessor and her deep sense of public service.
But in spite of all her efforts, it has become clear that there are pessimists at home and abroad who think that after three years of indecision, that this country has become a prisoner to the old arguments of 2016 and that in this home of democracy we are incapable of honouring a basic democratic mandate.
And so I am standing before you today to tell you, the British people, that those critics are wrong. The doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters – they are going to get it wrong again.
The people who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts, because we are going to restore trust in our democracy and we are going to fulfil the repeated promises of Parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31, no ifs or buts.
And we will do a new deal, a better deal that will maximise the opportunities of Brexit while allowing us to develop a new and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe, based on free trade and mutual support.
I have every confidence that in 99 days’ time we will have cracked it. But you know what – we aren’t going to wait 99 days, because the British people have had enough of waiting. The time has come to act, to take decisions, to give strong leadership and to change this country for the better.
And though the Queen has just honoured me with this extraordinary office of state my job is to serve you, the people. Because if there is one point we politicians need to remember, it is that the people are our bosses. My job is to make your streets safer. And we are going to begin with another 20,000 police on the streets and we start recruiting forthwith.”