Cameron out, May in and Larry stays...
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.