In the chaotic aftermath of Andrea Leadsom’s shock resignation from the Conservative leadership race earlier today, the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, has revealed that Theresa May will take his place at 10 Downing Street on Wednesday.
When Leadsom randomly marked herself out of the Tory leadership campaign, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady, announced that Theresa May was the final candidate and that they were merely waiting for her to be accepted as PM.
And that time has come, as Mr Cameron declared her the next Prime Minister in a speech just before 4pm this afternoon, reports BBC News.
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, Cameron said:
I think Andrea Leadsom made the absolute right decision to stand aside and it’s clear Theresa May has the overwhelming support of the Conservative Parliamentary Party.
I am also delighted that Theresa May will be the next Prime Minister. She is strong, competent and more than capable of taking on the role of Prime Minister. And she will have my full support.
David Cameron has phoned Mrs May to congratulate her and the new PM will make a statement at 5pm.
Mr Cameron will chair his final cabinet meeting tomorrow, and will attend Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.
When Cameron leaves Prime Minister’s Questions he will hand his resignation into the Queen and Theresa May will take over.
Speaking for the first time after being elected as the next Prime Minister, Theresa May said:
Brexit means Brexit and we’re going to make a success of it. We need to unite our country and … 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 that works for every one of us.
Because we are going to give people more control over their lives and that’s how together we will build a better Britain.
Theresa also made a pretty embarrassing mistake when she forgot the lines to her speech and froze for what felt like a very long few seconds…
Although some are delighted to see the former Home Secretary taking the role of Prime Minister, others are not so happy – declaring that we need a General Election because of Theresa May’s appointment to PM without being elected.
So Cameron is stepping down tomorrow and Theresa May will be the new PM there should be a general election as this woman will be unelected
— Chris Hill BSc (@Chris_Hill_Bsc) July 11, 2016
Fuck Theresa May becoming the next PM! Get me a general election ASAP!!
— Hass. فلسطين حرة# (@HassHameed) July 11, 2016
Labour calls for snap general election after Leadsom's decision to stand aside https://t.co/Owxeb0dSg6
— Selina Mehra (@selinamehra1) July 11, 2016
— Janan Nuri (@Ephemeral_Nuri) July 11, 2016
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