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Theresa May appointed Prime Minister of United Kingdom

Jul 14, 2016 11:11 IST

Teresa May Queen Elizabeth-II appointed Theresa May as the 76th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK) on 13 June 2016. She was appointed as prime minister following her election as the leader of Britain's ruling Conservative Party.

With this appointment, she became the second women to assume the office of Prime Minister of the UK. The first women prime minister was Margaret Thatcher who was in the office of PM from 1979 to 1990.

She succeeded David Cameron who resigned from the post on the same day following Brexit vote. Cameron tendered his resignation to the Queen. Britons on 22 June 2016 voted to exit the European Union.

The two ladies who were in race to succeed David Cameron were Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom. Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the race on 11 July 2016, citing overwhelming support for May among Conservative MPs.

Few appointments to May’s cabinet include

• Foreign Secretary: Boris Johnson, the former London Mayor and key Brexit campaigner

• Chancellor of the Exchequer (in charge of financial policy): Phillip Hammond, foreign secretary (since July 2014)

• Home Secretary: Amber Rudd, former Energy and Climate Change secretary (since May 2015)

• Secretary of State for European Union Relations (the new so-called Minister for Brexit): David Davis

• Secretary of State for International Trade: Liam Fox, former Defence secretary (between 2010 and 2011)

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