Published: Tue, July 12, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

David Cameron to resign as United Kingdom prime minister on Wednesday

David Cameron to resign as United Kingdom prime minister on Wednesday

"So we will have a new prime minister in that building behind me by Wednesday evening", Cameron told reporters outside 10 Downing Street on Monday.

May, whose only remaining rival quit the race to replace Cameron on Monday, will be Britain's first woman prime minister since Margaret Thatcher, who governed from 1979 until 1990.

After presenting herself as the unity candidate, Mrs May is expected to offer plum posts to leading figures from both the Remain and Leave camps from the European Union referendum, in which she backed continued membership but kept a low profile. "She does a bit of time in the gym to make sure she stays in shape because of course she needs to look after her health", said a Conservative lawmaker who has worked closely with her. With both countries being key players in the European Union, it would be wise for May to wait until this electoral cycle is over so that she won't have to struggle to negotiate with leaders whose minds will be elsewhere.

"I am therefore withdrawing from the leadership election", she said, adding that she gave May her "full support". This resulted in Cameron's resignation from the post of PM.

Conservative lawmakers narrowed the field from five contenders to two, Leadsom and May.

May entered the political fray more than 30 years ago, starting out by "stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative association before serving as a councilor in the London Borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994", her party bio says.

With customary ruthlessness, Britain's Conservative Party has dispensed with Prime Minister David Cameron and ended its nine-week leadership "campaign" eight and a half weeks early.

However the current Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond is a fierce supporter of Mrs May and has always been tipped as her Chancellor if she ever became PM. In an interview with the Times of London, she said that it "must be sad" for May, who "possibly has nieces, nephews, lots of people", to have no children: "But I have children who are going to have children who will directly be a part of what happens next ..."

Andrea Leadsom, who has withdrawn from the race to be Britain's prime minister, faced a media frenzy over the weekend after comments about the role of motherhood in politics. She said "the interests of our country are best served by the immediate appointment of a strong and well-supported prime minister".

Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall who lost her 18-year-old son James in the 1989 tragedy
Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall who lost her 18-year-old son James in the 1989 tragedy

She said: "He's changed our party for the better, he's changed our country for the better, he's also given me huge opportunities, so for me it was a kind of sad day to see David Cameron's last Cabinet meeting". Her allies accused May supporters of attempting to undermine Leadsom.

"I think it's a sad day for democracy in that the members of the Conservative party don't have the opportunity to vote for more than one candidate", he said.

Like several other top leaders in her party, May was educated at Oxford, where she was introduced to her future husband Philip by Benazir Bhutto, who went on to become Pakistan's leader before she was assassinated.

In the column, she criticized the Labour Party leader's National Health Service cuts and the party's inability to curb violent crime.

May's accession is unlikely to end Britain's political turbulence.

May will immediately face questions on when she plans to trigger Article 50 - the formal procedure for withdrawal from the European Union - which would set a two-year deadline for completing exit negotiations.

She set her face against a snap election when she launched her campaign for the Tory leadership on June 30, saying: "There should be no general election until 2020".

Councilor Usman Ahmed of the opposition Labour Party also called the system undemocratic.

Labour's election coordinator Jon Trickett branded May's election a "coronation". She describes herself as a practicing Christian and says she owns over 100 cookery books.

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