Conservative Party leader Theresa May became the second female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after Margaret Tatcher late on Wednesday.
She succeeds David Cameron who tendered his resignation to the Queen the same day. Cameron had announced his resignation following Brexit – UK’s departure from the European Union.
May went to the Buckingham Palace where she met the Queen to “kiss hands” – a traditional ceremony before forming a government.
UK PM Theresa May at the ceremonial “Kiss Hands” with the Queen. DOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA WIRE
In her first address as PM, May gave a clear indication that her government will continue to follow Cameron’s socialist policies.
“The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of a privileged few, but by yours,” she said.
“When it comes to taxes, we’ll prioritise not the wealthy, but you. When it comes to opportunity, we won’t entrench the advantages of the fortunate few, we will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you,” she said.
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As Britain tries to battle the fallout of Brexit, May assured the working classes that she will continue to raise her voice for them.
Immediately after her appointment, May got down to business and named six secretaries for key positions in her cabinet.
In her Cabinet is Boris Johnson, former London mayor and campaigner for the ‘Leave’ faction, who has been appointed as the Foreign Secretary.
David Davis has been made the Secretary of State for exiting the European Union, a key post created for handling the smooth transition of UK’s exit from EU.
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May said that she wants all of United Kingdom to stay together emphasising on the ‘Unionist’ part of her party’s official name – Conservative and Unionist Party. “The full title of my party is the Conservative and Unionist Party and that word unionist is very important to me. It means we believe in the union, the precious, precious bond between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,” she said. Before he left, Cameron congratulated May. Reflecting on his tenure, Cameron said, “It’s not been easy journey, and of course we’ve not got every decision right.”