The man who called black people ‘piccaninnies’ got a stonking promotion while failed George Osborne slipped out of Number 10’s back gate
George Osborne was out after six years, slipping through Number 10’s back gate with his austerity programme and pledge to wipe out the deficit in tatters. Officially he resigned but there were immediate claims he had been sacked.
And Boris Johnson was promoted from backbench buffoonery to Foreign Secretary in a shock move that will send ripples through Mrs May’s party.
It means the man who called black people “flag-waving piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”, picked on Barack Obama’s “part-Kenyan” heritage and floored a schoolboy in Japan is now charge of Britain’s diplomatic relations.
The new Prime Minister used her first act to appoint Philip Hammond as her new Chancellor, promoting the ‘safe pair of hands’ from the job of Foreign Secretary where he has avoided controversy so far. True to character he walked straight across the street to the Treasury.
Amber Rudd was promoted to Mrs May’s old job as Home Secretary, putting women in half the four great offices of state.
Boris Johnson is the new Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom
Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox was made International Trade Secretary five years after he quit amid a row involving trips on which he brought his aide.
In a rare moment of continuity Michael Fallon was confirmed to be carrying on as Defence Secretary.
Boris’s appointment came despite his controversial role as a Brexit campaigner and divisive public figure.
Theresa May mocked him in her leadership launch less than two weeks ago over the water cannon he bought in a publicity blaze after the London riots.
As Home Secretary she blocked use of the £200,000 devices leaving them to languish in a depot in Kent.
Poking fun at his ambition to negotiate in the EU she joked: “I seem to remember the last time he did a deal with the Germans he came back with three nearly new water cannon!”
Mrs May vowed in her first speech to “build a better Britain” in a swift handover on the Downing Street steps 90 minutes after David Cameron said goodbye with his family on the same spot.
She wasted no time inviting a string of ministers to speak with her behind the famous black door.
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.
Earlier, in Mr Cameron’s final Prime Minister’s Questions, the family watched from the House of Commons public gallery as Jeremy Corbyn paid tribute to the Tory leader’s legalisation of gay marriage.
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.”