In a move which has caused a stir in Westminster and beyond, new Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary.

The ex-Mayor of London, who was originally tipped to be the next Conservative leader before dropping out of the race, was given the role on Wednesday (July 13) in the new government after May moved into Downing Street.

He replaces Philip Hammond, who has now been made Chancellor, leaving George Osborne to resign from government.

Boris' new role is seen as controversial given that he was criticised for making 'racist' comments about US president Barack Obama's Kenyan ancestry earlier this year.

Mr Johnson said he was "humbled" to be given the position and had previously tweeted: "Theresa May has the authority and the leadership necessary to unite the Conservative Party and the country.

"I’ve no doubt Theresa will make an excellent Prime Minister and I'm encouraged that she's made it clear that Brexit means Brexit."

The Brexiteer, who will also be in charge of the MI6, is one of only a handful of MPs from the Vote Leave Campaign to be in the new cabinet.

Not everyone has been thrilled with the news however, with Labour leader runner Angela Eagle mocked Mr Johnson for being "fun", but laughing when it was announced to her that he had been made a cabinet member.

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West Londoners also reacted to the surprising new job offer for their MP and took to social media to express their views.

One tweet described the appointment as "cringeworthy"

Another said the era where "anything goes" has now truly arrived

Meanwhile, tweeter Belinda said the "jokes are for life"

The Uxbridge MPs popularity is said to have dipped since the country voted for Brexit, with people critiquing him for stepping out of the limelight and dropping out of the Tory party leadership race .

In fact, the popular politician's reputation has wavered so much, it has left a Boris Johnson lookalike even admitting he was too scared to leave his house over fears of being attacked .

Other positions appointed in the new Tory government include Ex-Energy Secretary Amber Rudd as home secretary and Eurosceptic David Davis as the Brexit secretary.

Michael Fallon continues as defence secretary and Liam Fox has a new role as secretary of state for international trade.