David Cameron has been elected as leader of the Conservative party.
The 39 year old shadow education secretary takes over the top party post after defeating rival David Davis in the final run-off ballot in a leadership contest which has been underway for months.
Cameron gained 134,446 votes of party members, 68% of the vote, compared with the 64,398, 32%, won by the 56 year old shadow home secretary.
The two other contenders, Dr Liam Fox and Kenneth Clarke, were eliminated in earlier ballots which involved the party’s 198 MPs.
The 70,048 majority result in favour of Mr Cameron was declared by Sir Michael Spicer, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs, during a special ceremony at the Royal Academy of Arts in Central London.
Sir Michael told an audience of MPs, peers, party activists, donors and journalists that of the 253,689 party members entitled to vote in the final stage of the leadership ballot, some 198,844 did so – equivalent to 78% of the electorate.