Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Wednesday issued the following statement, congratulating Theresa May on becoming the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom:
“On behalf of the United National Congress (UNC) I extend my congratulations to Mrs. Theresa May, who took the oath of office Wednesday to become the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, succeeding Mr. David Cameron.
I am encouraged by Prime Minister May’s commitment to lead a “one nation” government that would work for everyone, not just a privileged few. That pledge augers well for her political career in service of the people.
Mrs. May, who campaigned for the “Remain” side in the recent Brexit referendum has also pledged to accept and honour the vote of the millions who chose to leave the European Union, showing her deep respect for democracy and the will of the majority.
The new PM is not new to politics, having served as Home Secretary and was until her entry to 10 Downing Street Wednesday the second longest serving home secretary in the past 100 years. She began her public service career at the local level and was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997. And she is the second woman, after Margaret Thatcher, to hold the UK’s highest elected office.
As my country’s first female prime minister I am elated that Mrs. May joins the growing number of women taking up political leadership positions in the world, proving that women have the mettle to compete and succeed in the modern world of politics.
I wish to also extend best wishes to Mr. David Cameron, who served with dedication, and has now passed the leadership baton to Mrs. May.”
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Leader of the Opposition