Theresa May makes her first speech as Britain's prime minister outside her new home - and people were quite surprised by it


Theresa May has taken office as the UK's second female prime minister with the promise to create "a country that works for everyone".

Stood outside the door of her new home at No 10, May said that the decisions of her administration would be driven not by the interests of "the privileged few" but those of voters struggling with the pressures of modern life.

theresa may makes her first speech as PM (Hannah McKay/PA)
(Hannah McKay/PA)

Just minutes after being invited by the Queen to form a government, the new PM stressed her determination to preserve the Union between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

And she promised she would "rise to the challenge" of negotiating exit from the European Union and forge a "bold new positive role" for Britain in the world.

theresa may talks to press (Gareth Fuller/PA)
(Gareth Fuller/PA)

But her strongest message was of her intention to serve as a "One Nation" Conservative PM acting on behalf of all voters, not just the Tories' traditional supporters in the comfortable suburbs and shires, and the world of business.

In a direct message to voters, she said: "I know you are working around the clock, I know you are doing your best and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle.

"The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few but by yours. We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives."

theresa may walks away after speaking to the media (Hannah McKay/PA)
(Hannah McKay/PA)

People were very quick to comment on the centre ground nature of her speech and the generally left field topics she chose to talk about straight away.

They think it definitely isn't good news for the currently combusting Labour Party.

It'll be interesting to see what happens from here.