Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minister

24 Jul 2019

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Oxford alumnus Boris Johnson (Balliol, 1983) has become Prime Minister following his election as leader of the Conservative party. He succeeds another Oxonian, Theresa May (St Hugh’s, 1974) and is the 28th Oxford-educated prime minister.

Johnson studied classics at Balliol and graduated with a 2:1. He was elected President of the Oxford Union in 1986. He is the fourth Balliol-educated Prime Minister, following Herbert Asquith, Harold Macmillan and Edward Heath.

After leaving Oxford, he worked as a journalist at the Daily Telegraph, became the editor of the Spectator in 1999. He was elected London Mayor in 2008, serving for eight years.

He was MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and served as Foreign Secretary between 2016-18. He now represents Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the Commons.

In the final round of the Conservative leadership election, he defeated Jeremy Hunt (Magdalen, 1984) who studied PPE.


Rosemary Kluth ...
I am appalled to find myself apparently celebrating this new appointment. Oxford cannot be proud of a Prime Minister determined to treat our friends in the EU as enemies and reduce the country to a global laughing stock with his deceit and blusterings. I would be extremely grateful if you would not welcome the appointment of this man in my name, and I’m sure many others agree with me.
Nick Strugnell
This is a rare occasion - it makes me embarrassed to have been at Oxford - we now have a clown running the country.
Harriet Lester
Balliol needs to publically disavow Boris Johnson due to his biggotry and disregard for democracy. Here is a link to a petition for balliol students to sign and condemn Boris's actions.

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