Published on July 14th, 2016 | by Sarah Jubb0
The New Prime Minister May Enter
Yesterday saw the United Kingdom welcome a new Prime Minister when David Cameron handed over the post to his successor, Theresa May. She is the 76th Prime Minister and takes the distinction of being only the second female Prime Minister ever.
May became Prime Minister after winning the Conservative leadership contest that began after David Cameron stepped down due to the European Union Referendum result. She campaigned to become the new Conservative leader against fellow Conservatives Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom, Stephen Crabb and Liam Fox.
The first female Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher, featured in the Prime Ministers Stamp Cover, who took office in 1979. Thatcher was the longest-serving PM in the 20th century and during her tenure she earned the nickname of the ‘Iron Lady’ due to the style of her leadership and politics.
Theresa May also becomes the oldest prime minister to take office since 1976 when Jim Callaghan entered 10 Downing Street. On the opposite side, David Cameron becomes the youngest serving Prime Minister to leave the office.
The youngest Prime Minister to ever take office was William Pitt the Younger who was only 24 years old in 1783. He is featured on the Prime Minister Stamp Cards and is called ‘the Younger’ to try and distinguish himself from his father, William Pitt the Elder, who had also served as Prime Minister.
One of Britain’s most famous and popular Prime Ministers ever is Winston Churchill and due to his popularity a silver proof £5 coin was produced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his death. Like May, he was also a member of the Conservative Party and one of his claims to fame is that he led the country through most of World War II. He also was given the role a second time from 1951 to 1955 and won a Nobel Prize for Literature.
Churchill is well known throughout the world for giving some of the greatest speeches ever known, particularly during World War II. His strong and powerful words helped to unite Britain and encourage them to preserve through hard times. This aspect of Churchill was celebrated with a set of four £5 coins that featured some of his famous quote.
Theresa May has started to move into 10 Downing Street to fully take up her prime ministerial roles and has already begun revealing her new Cabinet with Boris Johnson taking the Foreign Secretary Role and Philip Hammond the Chancellor of Exchequer.