International desk – Conservative Party leader Theresa May officially accepted the role as British Prime Minister Wednesday after meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, who invited her to form a government.
May was invited to form the government after David Cameron stand down following last month’s referendum that voted Britain to stay away from the European Union.
The outgoing prime minister was in favour of staying with EU, and decided to step down after the election result.
CNN reported that Theresa May struck a populist tone in her first remarks as British Prime Minister, saying that she planned to continue predecessor David Cameron’s “true legacy” of social justice.
She spoke directly to the United Kingdom’s poor, black and white working-class residents as well as women, youth and those with mental health issues.
“The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of a privileged few, but by yours.”
In his final appearance in Parliament as British Prime Minister, David Cameron opened with the quip that “apart from one meeting in the afternoon with the Queen, my diary is remarkably light.”
He also called his successor to keep possible close contact with European Union.
Cameron was given a standing ovation by Conservative MPs after his final Prime Minister’s Questions.
The prime minister, who tendered his resignation at the Buckingham Palace, told MPs he would “miss the roar of the crowd”, reported BBC.
Defending his achievements in office, he said there had been many “amazing moments” during his six years in power.
Theresa May, who was the Home Secretary, will set about naming her own frontbench team after taking office.
Conservative MPs rose as one to applaud David Cameron at the end of his 182nd session as prime minister, as did former Lib Dem deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. Labour MPs also joining in with the clapping, including leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr Cameron told then that he intended to stay in public life and would be “willing them on”, saying “nothing is impossible”. In his final remarks, he reprised a remark he made to Tony Blair during his first ever PMQs as opposition leader in 2005. saying: “I was the future once”.
During a generally light-hearted and jocular session of Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Cameron said he had clocked up 5,500 questions at the despatch box, joking that he would leave it to others to decide how many he has answered.
He dismissed suggestions he will look to take over as the host of Top Gear or England manager, joking they “sound even harder” than being PM.
He also stressed his love for Larry the Downing Street cat – amid rumours that he was not a fan – a point he later emphasised on Twitter and swapped warm wishes with Jeremy Corbyn, saying he had almost come to admire the Labour leader’s “tenacity” in hanging on to his job.
May, who at 59 becomes the oldest incoming prime minister since Jim Callaghan in 1976, will then return to No 10 as the country’s second female prime minister, following in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher.
She will be asked to hand-write letters to the commanders of the UK’s four Trident submarines about what to do in the event of a catastrophic nuclear attack on the UK and to appoint two nuclear “deputies” – ministers who will take decisions on the deterrent if she has been rendered incapable.
She is also expected to take calls from a number of foreign leaders. She will get down to the work of putting together her government.
She was the only remaining candidate in the Tory leadership contest following Andrea Leadsom’s withdrawal on Monday.
The contest began when Cameron, who has been prime minister since 2010, announced he would step down after losing the EU referendum in June.
Removal vans were spotted outside Downing Street on Tuesday, as Cameron’s ministers paid tribute to him in his final cabinet meeting, says BBC.