Boris Johnson, 55, has made his way to the top of the political tree after being named the new leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister today. His first speech in his new role saw the blonde looking animated – and body language expert Judi James has analysed what he revealed on the podium. Sharing her thoughts exclusively with Express.co.uk, Jusi said: “Like Tinkerbell you have to clap your hands if you believe in Boris and the party did, although his incongruent gesticulation during his speech, where his body language rarely matched well with his emotions or his words, could make it hard to trust totally that he means everything that he says. “Boris achieved maximum synchronicity, energy and verve when he was being funny.
“His overwhelming-looking desire to make his audience laugh suggests a strong desire and expectation to be liked.
“Laughter is also seen as unifying, although not all the members of his audience looked able to join in the chuckling, which could spell trouble for him in the future.”
However, when not making people laugh, Boris sent mixed signals. Judi explained: “His gestures fluctuated without real meaning, ranging from over-congruent signals of determination to suddenly shoving his hands into his pockets in a gesture of a lack of a desire to fight and these fluctuations suggest his thinking might be similarly changeable once he gets into number 10.
“Boris’s intentional gestures focused mainly on trying to sell himself as a battler and a fighter who will use brute strength to get things done.
“He slapped his hands on the lectern, he waved his clunking fist at Hunt and he used six waggling, chopping gestures when referring to opponents in his own party.
“There were pushing gestures, stabbing fingers and hands that shook in the air, but when Boris wants to look like the strict headmaster telling off pupils his head-scratching and his naughty grin make it look as though he’s the naughtiest one of the lot.
There were specific moments that Boris did not look at his strongest, and may give a clue as to where he might struggle as PM going forward.
Judi said: “It was during the segment on ‘instincts’ and help for the ‘poorest and neediest’ that Boris was at his weakest, shoving his hands into his pockets after waving them about as though unconvinced by his own messages.
“When he said he would work ‘flat out’ it might not have been the moment to fold his arms and lean heavily on the lectern in a low-energy pose, and when he brought up the mantra of his campaign, ie ‘Deliver Brexit, unite the country and defeat Corbyn’, accusing his audience of possibly forgetting it, it was the wrong time to glance at his script as though he might have forgotten it himself too.”
As the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson can expect a huge salary – but what is his overall net worth?
According to some estimates, including the net worth site Celebrity Net Worth, Mr Johnson is worth £1.5 million.
He gets paid £79,468 a year as MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip. In addition to this, he earns £275,000 a year for writing his weekly column in the Daily Telegraph.
He resigned his post at the paper when he became Foreign Secretary, but was rehired as soon as he left the Cabinet.
The former foreign secretary said he spends 10 hours a month writing his 1,100-word column, equivalent to a pay rate of £2,291/hour – or around £4.80 a word.
In 2009, the then-mayor Mr Johnson dismissed his newspaper salary, which was £250,000 at the time, as “chicken feed”.