UK: Theresa May enters Downing Street

Theresa May has officially been appointed as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party.

Mrs May arrived at Downing Street at 6pm BST (UTC+1) with her husband, Philip before making her maiden speech as Prime Minister.

The speech focussed on social justice which Theresa May claimed was predecessor, David Cameron’s legacy aside from stabilising the UK economy following the 2008 financial crisis.

Mr Cameron, his wife, and children left their Downing Street home earlier this afternoon after he hosted his last session of Prime Minister’s Questions to which he received a standing ovation from his party and a heavy applause from his opposition.

The former Prime Minister addressed the Commons saying, “I will miss the roar of the crowd. I will miss the barbs from the opposition but I will be willing you on.”

David Cameron was praised by opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn for legalising gay marriage and the aiding the release of Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo Bay last year. Cameron will remain MP for Witney, Oxfordshire until at least 2020.

Theresa May is currently appointing her new cabinet. Boris Johnson has been appointed Foreign Secretary whilst his predecessor, Phillip Hammond becomes Chancellor of the Exchequer. Amber Rudd has taken the Prime Minister’s old job as Home Secretary with more positions to be announced this evening.

It is expected that a new position will be created in the cabinet specifically focussing on the UK’s Brexit negotiations.

More to follow…

Ava Forbes

Journalism student aspiring to become a political journalist and the co-founder of a media platform, ‘Generation:What?’, that aims to give young people a platform in politics. @Ava_Forbes @Generation_What