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12 things that got more votes than BoJo; ALL MORE POPULAR THAN THE PM... And they include Boaty McBoatface, Rick Astley and Jedi as a religion.

Byline: ALAN MCEWEN

BORIS Johnson was anointed Prime Minister by 92,000 people - fewer than voted to name a polar research ship Boaty McBoatface.

The UK's new leader was chosen by Tory Party members who made up just 0.13 per cent of the population.

More people voted for the winners of TV shows such as The X Factor or Big Brother, or identified themselves as Jedis in a national census.

Johnson secured 92,153 votes from among his party's 159,000 members, with the general public shut out of the momentous decision - but still claims a mandate to drag Britain out of the European Union without a deal.

Here are a dozen things that got more votes.

1 In 2016, the Natural Environmental Research Council asked members of the public to name a new polar vessel for the British Antarctic Survey.

Boaty McBoatface topped the public vote, notching up 124,109. But science minister Jo Johnson, Boris's brother, decided there were "more suitable" names.

The PS200million vessel was named RRS Sir David Attenborough after the world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster.

But one of its remotely operated sub-sea vehicles was named Boaty in recognition of the vote.

2 In 2007, a contest run by Greenpeace to name a humpback whale in the South Pacific Ocean also comfortably beat Old Etonian Johnson's paltry total.

The favourite name, with 119,367 votes, was Mister Splashy Pants.

The competition was held to raise awareness of the threat posed to whales by Japanese hunting ships.

Unlike Jo Johnson, Greenpeace embraced the result and put Mr Splashy Pants at the centre of its campaign.

3 According to the 2011 UK census figures, 176,632 citizens in England and Wales proudly listed their religion as Jedi.

That was a fall among Star Wars fans from the 2001 census, when 390,127 identified as fictional mystics from a galaxy far, far away.

In Scotland that year, the official number of Jedis was 14,052.

4 Eighties pop star Rick Astley racked up no fewer than 100million votes at the 2008 MTV Europe Awards to take home the award for "Best Act Ever!" MTV fell victim to "Rickrolling", an internet prank where Astley's 1987 song Never Gonna Give You Up makes an unexpected appearance. The song's video has now accumulated more than 500million views on YouTube.

5 US baseball team the New York Mets were also "Rickrolled" in a public vote.

The team asked fans to pick a song to be played in the stadium during its games, and Never Gonna Give You Up topped the list with more than five million votes.

6 Pop idol Justin Bieber fell victim to his own online poll when he asked what should be the final destination for his My World tour.

The grim Stalinist dictatorship of North Korea came out on top, with 650,000 votes. The not-universallypopular Canadian star didn't go.

7 Some of the UK's favourite TV shows boast support many times greater than that shown to our new PM. There were 6,363,325 votes cast during the 2004 live final of Big Brother 5, won by Nadia Almada, when the show was in its Channel Four heyday. In the same year, 8.25million votes were cast during the BBC's Fame Academy series.

8 ITV's X Factor has notched up huge numbers in its public votes over the years.

In 2009, Joe McElderry won after receiving nearly two-thirds of the 10million votes cast during its run. The following year 15.4million votes were cast during the series as Matt Cardle (remember him?) beat some mob called One Direction.

9 Any British citizen or UK resident can submit an e-petition on the UK Parliament website.

The Government will formally respond if a petition attracts 10,000 signatures, while 100,000 names will get the request considered for debate by MPs.

More than 1.63million people signed a petition demanding that Donald Trump not be given a state visit to the UK "because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen".

10A total of 236,995 people gave their support to another e-petition calling for cannabis to be legalised.

11And a petition which said "school should start at 10am as teenagers are too tired" picked up 187,902 signatures.

6 12 Another petition last year asked for a bank holiday to be created if England won the men's World Cup. It managed 237,396 signatures before the team were knocked out in the semi-finals by Croatia.

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