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New British PM Theresa May gives Boris Johnson key role

Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, and husband Philip pose for the media outside number 10 Downing Street. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth.

New British PM Theresa May gives Boris Johnson key role

New British Prime Minister Theresa May has been sworn in and started selecting her cabinet, including making Boris Johnson, the former London mayor who led the Brexit campaign, foreign secretary.

Johnson replaces Philip Hammond, who becomes chancellor. No 10 said ex-Chancellor George Osborne had resigned from the government.

On arriving at Downing Street, May said she would lead a government that works for all not just the “privileged few” promising to give people who were “just managing” and “working around the clock” more control over their lives.

She highlighted the “precious bond” between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and between “every one of us”.

“That means fighting against the burning injustice that if you’re born poor you will die on average nine years earlier than others,” she said.

“For an ordinary working class family, life is much harder than many people in Westminster realise.

“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,” she said.

May is the United Kingdom’s second female Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher.

 

 

 

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