Cameron out, May in and Larry stays...

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David Cameron made his fi­nal ap­pear­ance in par­lia­ment as Bri­tain’s leader yes­ter­day, turn­ing the nor­mally rau­cous Prime Min­is­ter’s ques­tions ses­sion into a time for praise, thanks, gen­tle rib­bing and cheers - all spiced with a sprin­kle of crit­i­cism.

The warmth cul­mi­nated in a stand­ing ova­tion for Cameron, 49, who is leav­ing of­fice after vot­ers re­jected his ad­vice and de­cided to leave the Euro­pean Union. He later for­mally tended his res­ig­na­tion to Queen El­iz­a­beth II and handed over to his suc­ces­sor, Theresa May.

“I will miss the roar of the crowd. I will miss the barbs of the op­po­si­tion,” said Cameron, promis­ing to watch fu­ture ex­changes as a reg­u­lar Con­ser­va­tive Party MP on the back benches.

He even poked fun at him­self, re­mind­ing MPs of a barb he had di­rected at for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair of the Labour Party as he was leav­ing of­fice.

“As I once said, I was the fu­ture once,” added Cameron.

One of the more cheer­ful ex­changes took place be­tween Cameron and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Cameron poked fun at the lead­er­ship tur­moil go­ing on in the Labour Party, telling Corbyn that the Tories have had “res­ig­na­tion, nom­i­na­tion, com­pe­ti­tion and corona­tion” while Labour is still work­ing out its lead­er­ship rules. Cameron also took a mo­ment to dis­cuss the Down­ing Street cat, Larry, who is be­ing left be­hind to keep work­ing as the res­i­dent mouse­catcher. He said he wanted to scotch “the ru­mour that some­how I don’t love Larry. I do!” New leader May, who held the post of Home Sec­re­tary for the past six years, has the tough task of calm­ing the coun­try, and the fi­nan­cial mar­kets, after the mas­sive up­heaval that has fol­lowed the June 23 ref­er­en­dum. She is ex­pected to quickly un­veil a new Cab­i­net line-up, in­clud­ing a min­is­ter in charge of im­ple­ment­ing Brexit, a Bri­tish exit from the EU. May, who backed re­main in the EU vote, will also be ex­pected to re­ward prom­i­nent cam­paign­ers for a “Leave” vote with key jobs. Ob­servers are keen to see if she ap­points for­mer Lon­don Mayor Boris John­son and Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Michael Gove, one-time Con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship con­tenders who jointly headed the “Leave” cam­paign but then turned on one an­other. There is also spec­u­la­tion that May, Bri­tain’s sec­ond fe­male Prime Min­is­ter - after Mar­garet Thatcher - will boost the num­ber of women in top posts.

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