Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson resigns as UK Conservative leader

A Conservative leadership race will take place this summer and a new prime minister will be in place in time for the Tory party conference in October.

Johnson publicly announced his resignation outside No 10 Downing Street just after 11.30pm New Zealand time.

He said it was "clearly now the will of the parliamentary party" for there to be a new prime minister.

"I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world," Johnson said.

"But them's the breaks."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wins confidence vote

Johnson faced the vote after a growing number of MPs in his Conservative Party questioned the British leader's authority over what has been dubbed the "partygate" scandal.

The prime minister has been under increasing pressure after he and staff held alcohol-fuelled parties in his Downing Street office and residence when Britain was under strict lockdowns due to Covid-19.

The result was announced by Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, which represents backbench Conservative MPs.

Covid-19: Boris Johnson says 'it could have gone either way'

Johnson, 55, was taken to London's St Thomas' Hospital on Sunday (local time) - 10 days after testing positive for Covid-19.

He spent three nights in intensive care before returning to a ward on Thursday.

He said in a video on Twitter that he had witnessed the "personal courage" of hospital staff on the front line.

Johnson said two nurses - Jenny from Invercargill, New Zealand and Luis from Portugal - stood by his bedside for 48 hours at the most critical time and named several other hospital workers who cared for him this past week that he wanted to thank.

Boris Johnson spends night in intensive care after symptoms worsen

Downing Street said he was moved to the unit on the advice of his medical team and was receiving "excellent care".

Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise "where necessary", a spokesman added.

The prime minister, 55, was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital with "persistent symptoms" on Sunday evening.

The Queen has been kept informed about Mr Johnson's health by No 10, according to Buckingham Palace.

World leaders - including US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron - have expressed their support for Mr Johnson.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital over virus symptoms

He "continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus", a spokeswoman said - including a high temperature.

It was described as a "precautionary step" taken on the advice of his doctor.

The prime minister remains in charge of the government and urged people to follow its social distancing advice.

"On the advice of his doctor, the prime minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests," the spokeswoman said.

Boris Johnson wins race to be Tory leader and PM

He beat Jeremy Hunt comfortably, winning 92,153 votes to his rival's 46,656.

The former London mayor takes over from Theresa May on Wednesday.

In his victory speech, Mr Johnson promised he would "deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Jeremy Corbyn".

Speaking at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in London, he said: "We are going to energise the country.

"We are going to get Brexit done on 31 October and take advantage of all the opportunities it will bring with a new spirit of can do.

Russia to blame for Syria deaths

Sir Michael, writing in the Sunday Times, said the Kremlin was responsible "by proxy" as the "principal backer" of President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

It comes after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson cancelled a visit to meet his opposite number in Moscow.

The attack has been widely blamed on the Syrian government.

Boris Johnson's secret pro-EU article revealed

In a previously unpublished column he penned in February, Johnson -- now the UK's foreign secretary -- urged Britain to stay in the EU, just two days before he came out against the Remain campaign.

Boris Johnson in Brussels to meet EU counterparts

Mr Johnson, who led the campaign for Britain to leave the EU, will also meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Ministers will discuss the Nice attacks and the defeated coup in Turkey but have stressed there will be no formal discussions about Britain's EU exit.

Mr Johnson's journey to the talks was delayed after his plane had to make an emergency landing.

Boris Johnson made foreign secretary by Theresa May

He replaces Philip Hammond, who becomes chancellor. Ex-Energy Secretary Amber Rudd is home secretary and Eurosceptic David Davis is the Brexit secretary.

Ex-chancellor George Osborne was fired, the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg said.

On arriving at Downing Street, Mrs May vowed to lead a government that works for all, not just the "privileged few".

The UK's second female prime minister promised to give people who were "just managing" and "working around the clock" more control over their lives.