Meet Britain's New Prime Minister

David Cameron is out, Theresa May is in
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2016 12:35 PM CDT
Meet Britain's New Prime Minister
Queen Elizabeth II welcomes Theresa May, left, at the start of an audience in Buckingham Palace, London, where she invited the former home secretary to become Prime Minister and form a new government on Wednesday.   (Dominic Lipinski/Pool Photo via AP)

It's official: Theresa May is Britain's new prime minister, CNN reports. After David Cameron officially tendered his resignation Wednesday, May bowed down before Queen Elizabeth II and accepted the monarch's invite to form a new government, becoming the only woman other than Margaret Thatcher to hold the office. More on May's ascension:

  • Before May could take over, Cameron said his last goodbye to 10 Downing Street—and to Larry the cat, the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • The New York Times compiles a "5 things to know" list that covers the political (she's a moderate in her party) to the personal (she collects cookbooks).
  • A Guardian video profile fills in more blanks on May's rise to power.
  • The BBC and the Telegraph list what May can expect in her inbox and in her first days, weeks, and months in office, including the "letter of last resort" she has to pen right after she's shown her new office.
  • Thatcher was known as the "Iron Lady," and May has already started collecting her own labels. NBC News reports that some of those include "dull as porridge," and, in one hot-mic moment, "bloody difficult woman." May has taken a particular shine to the latter.
  • Speaking of women: May says she's going to fill her Cabinet with them, per the Guardian.
  • Queen Elizabeth has seen 12 prime ministers come and go before May during her reign. The Washington Post explains why it doesn't think May will be her last.
  • Let's get down to brass tacks: Is May good for the US? CNN examines five America-centric questions.
(More Theresa May stories.)

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