AS IT HAPPENED: Theresa May takes over as Prime Minister

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LIVE: Theresa May takes over as Prime Minister

Maidenhead MP Theresa May will take over as Prime Minister today following another dramatic and fast-moving political week.

Mrs May was confirmed as Conservative Party leader on Monday after Andrea Leadsom's withdrawal from the race, and the Home Secretary will take over from David Cameron today.

We will be bringing you live updates throughout the day.


Theresa May has named her new cabinet this evening, with Brexit supporter and former Mayor of London Boris Johnson becoming Foreign Secretary.

Philip Hammond replaces George Osborne (who resigned) as Chancellor, while veteran MP David Davis is appointed Secretary of State in charge of Brexit.

Former Energy Secretary Amber Rudd replaces Mrs May as Home Secretary, while Michael Fallon keeps his role as Defence Secretary.

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox returns as International Trade Secretary.


Here is the front page of tomorrow's paper. Make sure you pick up your souvenir copy.


Here is David Cameron's last speech as Prime Minister in full:

When I first stood here in Downing Street on that evening in May 2010, I said we would confront our problems as a country and lead people through difficult decisions, so that together we could reach better times.

It has not been an easy journey, and of course we have not got every decision right, but I do believe that today our country is much stronger.

Above all it was about turning around the economy. And with the deficit cut by two-thirds, two and a half million more people in work and one million more businesses, there can be no doubt that our economy is immeasurably stronger.

Politicians like to talk about policies, but in the end it is about people’s lives.

I think of the people doing jobs who were previously unemployed.

I think of the businesses that were just ideas in someone’s head and that today are making a go of it and providing people with livelihoods.

I think of the hard-working families paying lower taxes and getting higher wages because of the first ever National Living Wage.

I think of the children who were languishing in the care system and who have now been adopted by loving families.

I think of the parents now able to send their children to good and outstanding schools, including free schools that simply didn’t exist before.

I think of over 200,000 young people who have taken part in National Citizen Service, the fastest growing youth programme of its kind in the world, something that, again, wasn’t there 6 years ago.

I think of the couples who have been able to get married, who weren’t allowed to in the past.

And I think of the people on the other side of the world who would not have clean drinking water, the chance to go to school, or even be alive, were it not for our decision to keep our aid promises to the poorest people and the poorest countries in our world.

And we have used our stronger economy to invest in our health service. When I walked in there, there were 18,000 people waiting over a year for their operation. Today it’s just 800. Too many. Still too long.

But our NHS is a national treasure, and one whose staff perform miracles as I’ve seen every day.

And we’ve strengthened our nation’s defences, with submarines, destroyers, frigates and, soon, aircraft carriers, rolling out of our shipyards to keep our country safe in a dangerous world.

These are the choices and the changes that we have made.

And I want to thank everyone who has given so much to support me personally over these years.

The incredible team in No10, the civil servants, whose professionalism and impartiality is one of our country’s greatest strengths.

And my political advisers, some of whom have been with me since the day I stood for my party’s leadership 11 years ago.

I want to thank my children, Nancy, Elwen and Florence, for whom Downing Street has been a lovely home over these last 6 years. They sometimes kick the red boxes full of work. Florence, you once climbed into one, before a foreign trip, and said take me with you. No more boxes.

And above all, I want to thank Samantha, the love of my life. You have kept me vaguely sane and, as well as being an amazing wife, mother and businesswoman, you have done something every week in that building behind me to celebrate the best spirit of voluntary service in our country.

We will shortly be heading to Buckingham Palace to see Her Majesty the Queen, where I will tender my resignation as Prime Minister and I will advise Her Majesty to invite Theresa May to form a new administration.

I am delighted that for the second time in British history the new Prime Minister will be a woman, and once again, a Conservative. I believe Theresa will provide strong and stable leadership in fulfilling the Conservative Manifesto on which we were elected, and I wish her well in negotiating the best possible terms for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Let me finish by saying this. The spirit of service is one of this country’s most remarkable qualities.

I have seen that service day in and day out in the incredible work of our armed forces, our intelligence agencies and our police. It is something I always knew. But as Prime Minister you see it so directly that it blows you away.

And of course writing those heart-breaking letters to the families who have lost loved ones is a poignant reminder of the profound scale of what these men and women give for us in the defence of our freedoms and our way of life. We must never forget that.

In a different way, I have seen that same spirit of service in the amazing contributions of countless volunteers in communities up and down our country who are making our society bigger and stronger.

And I am proud that every day for the past 2 years I have used the office of Prime Minister in a non-political way to recognise and thank almost 600 of them as Points of Light whose service can be an inspiration to us all.

For me politics has always been about public service in the national interest. It is simple to say but often hard to do.

But one of the things that sustains you in this job is the sense that, yes, our politics is full of argument and debate, and it can get quite heated, but no matter how difficult the decisions are, there is a great sense of British fair play, a quiet but prevailing sense that most people wish their Prime Minister well and want them to stick at it and get on with the job.

So I want to take this moment to say thank you to all those who have written letters and emails offering me that support, people who I will never get to meet and never get to thank personally.

It has been the greatest honour of my life to serve our country as Prime Minister over these last six years, and to serve as leader of my party for almost eleven years.

And as we leave for the last time, my only wish is continued success for this great country that I love so very much.


We have a summary of Theresa May's speech here.


TM: Together we will build a better Britain.


TM: As we leave the European Union we will forge a bold and positive role for ourselves in the world.


TM: Government will not just be for the 'privileged few' but for 'you'


TM: The mission to make Britain a country that works for everyone means more than fighting these injustices.


TM: We believe in a union not just between the nations of the United Kingdom but between all of our citizens.


TM: David Cameron has led a one nation government and in that spirit I plan to lead.


TM: I have just been to Buckingham Palace where Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new Government and I accepted.


Here we go, Theresa May is pulling into Downing Street now.



Theresa May is leaving Buckingham Palace.


Seems Theresa May will be making her speech just in time for the 6 o'clock news.


Looks like Theresa May will leave Buckingham Palace in the Prime Minister's Jaguar.


It is nearly time for the return journey to Downing Street.



Theresa May is now officially the new Prime Minister.


Former Prime Minister David Cameron. Now Twitter official.


Theresa May has now arrived at Buckingham Palace accompanied by her husband Philip.



Theresa May is on her way to the palace.


It is official:


Theresa May should be on her way to Buckingham Palace very soon.


During his speech, Cameron paid tribute to his children and his wife Samantha.

Speaking about his children, he said: "They sometimes kick the red boxes full of work. Florence – you once climbed into one, before a foreign trip, and said take me with you. No more boxes."

He closed his speech with: "And as we leave for the last time, my only wish is continued success for this great country that I love so very much."


David Cameron is now in Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen.


Cameron now making his way to Buckingham Palace.


Cameron is being applauded out of Downing Street as he prepares to head off to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation.


"Most people wish their Prime Minister well and want them to stick at it."

Cameron says it is the 'greatest honour of his life' to serve as Prime Minister.


Cameron says he believes Theresa May will provide 'strong and stable' leadership and says he is delighted that the leader is once again a woman and a Conservative.


David Cameron speaking now, with his family at his side.


Brace yourselves...


Nick Boles has announced he is stepping down as Minister of State for Skills and returning to the back benches following David Cameron's resignation.

This is what he had to say about Theresa May:

"I am very proud to be a member of the party that has now elected two women to hold this office. I look forward to giving her my full support as she strives to make Britain a place that works for everyone, not just a privileged few. It is a noble ambition and I wish her well."


We may be seeing some movement pretty soon.


We have received a statement from Theresa May's office, addressing her constituents:

"I am honoured and humbled to have been chosen by the Conservative Party to be its leader and the Prime Minister. My leadership campaign was based on three things. First, the need for strong, proven leadership to steer us through what will be difficult and uncertain economic and political times. We need to negotiate the best deal for Britain in leaving the EU and to forge a new role for ourselves in the world. Second, we need to unite our country. And third, we need a strong, new positive vision for the future of our country – a vision of a country that works not for the privileged few but for everyone.

"I am very grateful for the messages of support I’ve had from people in the Maidenhead constituency. I want to assure local residents that I will continue to campaign on the local issues that matter to them, and will work hard to serve my constituents as I always have done."


On Friday, Theresa May opened a Screwfix in Maidenhead. Today, she moves into Number 10.


A good choice...



The latest we are hearing is that David Cameron will have his last audience with the Queen at 5pm before Theresa May heads to Buckingham Palace.

We should see a statement at about 6pm.


Still waiting...


We are playing the waiting game now.


Here's our editor being interviewed on French TV about Theresa May.


Here is Cameron's evidence that he does indeed love Larry.


Cameron pops home for the last time. Has he tipped the removal men?


Meanwhile, there's a bit of commotion at Whitehall.


Some photos coming in from out photographer Matthew Phillips. Here's the star of the show at the moment, and David Cameron.


Applause and cheers for Cameron as he leaves the Commons. Very unconventional in the House.


Cameron: "Nothing is really impossible if you put your mind to it."

He adds 'I was the future once'.


Cameron cracking the Ken Clarke jokes now. Clearly enjoying himself.

He will miss the 'roar of the crowd' and the 'barbs of the opposition'.


Clarke: "No two people know what Brexit means at the moment."


Here comes Kenneth Clarke. Praises Cameron's 'wit and humour' at PMQs.


SNP continuing to take Cameron to task.


PM asked whether he will convey importance of maintaining access to European single market in Brexit negotiations to Theresa May.

He acknowledges its importance.



It's all gone a bit nostalgic...


Earlier, Angus Robertson told Cameron his legacy would be the EU referendum result and 'we will not be applauding his premiership'.


Meanwhile, at Downing Street...



Future of Scotland is now being addressed after some strong words from the SNP's Angus Robertson.


Cameron on PMQs: "Politics is about public service in the national interest and that is what I tried to do." 

He then does a terrible American accent in an anecdote about a visit to Major Bloomberg in New York.


Cameron loves Larry the cat. It is official.


Cameron says he has done 92 hours of statements from the dispatch box as Prime Minister.


Suggestions from Corbyn that Cameron could be set to take over from Len Goodman on Strictly.


Corbyn thanks Cameron's mum for her advice about ties and suits...


Corbyn now turns to concerns about the future of EU citizens in Britain as part of the Brexit negotiations.

Theresa May nods as Cameron says work will be done to protect rights.


Cameron now mocking the Labour leadership situation.

Corbyn retorts with 'democracy is a splendid thing' and jokes about Theresa May comments on 'unscrupulous bosses'.


The Queen is now on her way back to Buckingham Palace following this morning's engagement.


Questions now on housing. Corbyn refers to Home Secretary comments on it being 'harder than ever for young people to buy their own house'.


Jeremy Corbyn thanks David Cameron for his service as Prime Minister.


Theresa May is sat behind David Cameron to his left. If she's nervous, it's not showing...



Jokes about job vacancies for the England football team and on Top Gear already.


Jeremy Corbyn will be taking part as Labour leader. He's had a pretty dramatic week himself...


...and so is David Cameron.


Theresa May is at the House of Commons.


PMQs coming up a noon...


The Queen is still fulfilling her duties before she heads back to Buckingham Palace to await some visitors.


Not long to go now until PMQs. How will David Cameron fare in his last appearance as Prime Minister?


An important appearance from a big player at Number 10. Larry the cat is here.


So what is it actually like inside 10 Downing Street? You can find out more here.


Here is a reminder of how Theresa May has voted on some key issues in recent years.


One of Theresa May's first jobs will be to form her new cabinet. There has been lots of speculation on who will take over from George Osborne as Chancellor.

Philip Hammond is odds-on favourite to take up the role, with Chris Grayling and Sajid Javid seen as outsiders.


The calm before the storm...


After PMQs, David Cameron will head to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen.

Theresa May will then be invited to form a Government.

She will be the 13th Prime Minister of the Queen's reign. Her Majesty must be able to do this in her sleep by now...


Lots of speculation about Larry the Cat this week. He's a civil servant cat so will be staying at Number 10 after David Cameron leaves.

Let's hope Theresa May's a fan....


We are at this point because of a dramatic day of developments on Monday.

In the space of a few hours, Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the two-horse race to become Conservative Party leader, David Cameron announced he would step aside today (Wednesday) and Theresa May was confirmed as Conservative Party leader.

You can catch up with everything as it happened here.


PMQs will take place in the House of Commons from noon and we'll know more about what happens next from then.

We'll be bringing you the latest from the House.


Meanwhile, it's pretty busy at Downing Street too...


This week's developments have put Maidenhead at the centre of a global news story.

French and Danish TV crews have been in the Advertiser offices this week to speak to editor Martin Trepte, while another crew is here right now.


David Cameron has already left 10 Downing Street to take part in Prime Minister's Questions before he hands over to Theresa May. It is sure to be a lively one...


Theresa May will be moving into Number 10 today and we'll be bringing you the latest developments throughout the day.

Photographer Matthew Phillips and reporter James Harrison are already in place in Downing Street to bring you updates.















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