Rishi Sunak has pledged to bring the UK and Conservative party together – ahead of becoming the new British Prime Minister.
The former Chancellor delivered a short statement after winning the Tory leadership contest.
His rival, Penny Mordaunt, dropped out having failed to get the support from Tory MPs she needed.
Mr Sunak’s already addressed backbench Tory colleagues, with former leader Iain Duncan Smith claiming there was a desire to unite around their new boss.
Liz Truss has tweeted her congratulations, but there will be no transition of power today.
Rishi Sunak says he feels “humbled and honoured” to become Tory leader.
He’s keenly aware of the job at hand and what needs to be done to restore stability to an ailing country.
”There is no doubt we face a profound economic challenge. We now need stability and unity and I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together.”
The Taoiseach has congratulated Rishi Sunak on becoming leader of the Conservative Party.
Micheál Martin tweeted that he looks forward to working with Mr Sunak as British Prime Minister, on the important issues we face on these islands, and globally.
DUP Leader Jeffrey Donaldson’s also congratulated Mr Sunak.