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Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Theresa May's Cabinet reshuffle: Boris Johnson made Foreign Secretary in PM's new top team
Theresa May is unveiling a major Cabinet reshuffle, making Philip Hammond Chancellor amid George Osborne's resignation in a major shakeup of her top team.
It comes after she gave her first, three-minute speech as Prime Minister declaring to the poor: "Together we will build a better Britain".
Mrs May strolled with husband Philip through the black door of Number 10 just 90 minutes after David Cameron gave an emotional farewell address - group hugging his wife Samantha and children Elwen, Florence and Nancy on the doorstep.
Mr Cameron said serving as Prime Minister had been "the greatest honour of my life" before making the short trip to Buckingham Palace to hand in his resignation at 5pm.
Mrs May was invited to form a government by the Queen just after 5.30pm in a swift changeover and was due to give her first speech on the steps of Downing Street.
The PM won applause and a standing ovation from Tories after his joke-laden appearance - but not Labour. He said: "I will miss the roar of the crowd. I will miss the barbs of the opposition. But I will be willing you on."
Leave-supporter David Davis has been made Minister for Brexit - a new department in Theresa May’s Government.
And Liam Fox has been put in charge of another new department: International Trade.
David Davis mp
Boris Johnson and the Piccaninnies
Boris Johnson described black people as “flag-waving piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles” in a 2002 column for the Daily Telegraph.
He apologised six years later for the racial slurs which he used to mock Tony Blair’s travels across the globe.
He wrote: “What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England. It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies”.
In another passage he added: “They say he is shortly off to the Congo. No doubt the AK47s will fall silent, and the pangas will stop their hacking of human flesh, and the tribal warriors will all break out in watermelon smiles to see the big white chief touch down in his big white British taxpayer-funded bird.”Getty Images
Boris Johnson heads into No.10 and soon emerges as the new Foreign Secretary
Liam Fox is in Downing Street
Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who was forced to quit after it emerged he’d taken a friend on foreign jaunts funded by the taxpayer and allowed his friend to sit in on sensitive defence meetings...is in Downing Street.
We cannot imagine what job he’s in line for - but he was a key figure in Theresa May’s campaign so he could be in line for a good one. Possible he’ll take Brexit and David Davis is destined for other glories
Liam Fox MP
Michael Fallon stays at Defence
Michael Fallon will stay on as Defence Secretary, as predicted.
Safe pair of hands.
British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon thumbs up
Amber Rudd is Home Secretary
Now that we’ve cleaned the spit-take water off our keyboards, we can now confirm that Amber Rudd has been made Home Secretary.
That puts women in half of the four great offices of state.
British Energy Secretary and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd walks into 10 Downing Street
Boris Johnson is Foreign Secretary
Boris Johnson has been named FOREIGN SECRETARY.
Yes, you read that right.
The man who once offended the entire of Liverpool and described black people as “smiling piccaninnies” is now in charge of Britain’s diplomatic relations with the rest of the world.
FOREIGN SECRETARY. Seriously
Theresa May's first speech in full
I have just been to Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new government, and I accepted.
In David Cameron, I follow in the footsteps of a great, modern Prime Minister. Under David’s leadership, the Government stabilised the economy, reduced the budget deficit, and helped more people into work than ever before. But David’s true legacy is not about the economy, but about social justice. From the introduction of same sex marriage, to taking people on low wages out of income tax altogether, David Cameron has led a ‘one nation’ government, and it is in that spirit that I also plan to lead. Because not everybody knows this, but the full title of my party is the Conservative and Unionist Party. And that word unionist is very important to me.
It means we believe in the union, the precious, precious bond between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. But it means something else that is just as important, it means we believe in a union not just between the nations of the United Kingdom, but between all of our citizens, every one of us, whoever we are and wherever we are from.
That means fighting against the burning injustice that if you’re born poor you will die on average nine years earlier than others. If you’re black, you’re treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you’re white. If you’re a white working class boy, you’re less likely than anybody else in Britain to go to university. If you’re at a state school, you’re less likely to reach the top professions than if you’re educated privately. If you’re a woman, you will earn less than a man. If you suffer from mental health problems, there’s not enough help to hand. If you’re young, you’ll find it harder than ever before to own your own home.
But the mission to make Britain a country that works for everyone means more than fighting these injustices. If you’re from an ordinary working class family, life is much harder than many people in Westminster realise. You have a job but you don’t always have job security. You have your own home but you worry about paying the mortgage. You can just about manage, but you worry about the cost of living and getting your kids into a good school. If you’re one of those families, if you’re just managing, I want to address you directly. I know you’re working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle. The Government I lead will be driven, not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours. We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives.
When we take the big calls, we’ll think not of the powerful, but you. When we pass new laws, we’ll listen not to the mighty, but to you. When it comes to taxes, we’ll prioritise not the wealthy, but you. When it comes to opportunity, we won’t entrench the advantages of the fortunate few, we will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you.
We are living through an important moment in our country’s history. Following the referendum, we face a time of great national change. And I know because we’re Great Britain that we will rise to the challenge. As we leave the European Union, we will forge a bold, new, positive role for ourselves in the world, and we will make Britain a country that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us.
That will be the mission of the Government I lead. And together, we will build a better Britain.