David Cameron prepares to hand over to Theresa May
David Cameron will leave Downing Street for the final time as PM later, with Theresa May waiting to replace him.
Mr Cameron will face his last Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons, before heading to Buckingham Palace to tender his resignation to the Queen.
He told the Daily Telegraph: “As I leave today, I hope that people will see a stronger country. It has been a privilege to serve the country I love.”
After taking office, Mrs May will set about naming her own frontbench team.
The contest began when Mr Cameron, who has been prime minister since 2010, announced he would step down after losing the EU referendum in June.
Mr Cameron told the Telegraph: “I came into Downing Street to confront our problems as a country and lead people through difficult decisions so that together we could reach better times.
“As I leave today, I hope that people will see a stronger country, a thriving economy, and more chances to get on in life.”
At midday Mr Cameron, who has said he plans to continue as MP for Witney in Oxfordshire, will face Prime Minister’s Questions for the 182nd and final time as PM – his 319th in total as Tory leader.
Later, after the PM has tendered his resignation to the Queen, Mrs May will have her own visit to Buckingham Palace, when she will accept the monarch’s offer to form a new government.
She will return to No 10 as the country’s second female prime minister, following in the footsteps of Margaret Thatcher.
Mrs May is expected to briefly address the nation before getting down to the work of putting together her government – with key appointments set to be announced as early as this evening.