Theresa May announces six appointments to her new cabinet

She took over as UK Prime Minister from David Cameron earlier today

Update 21.00

Theresa May became the 76th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom today, after the formal resignation of David Cameron.

Following a meeting with the Queen, the new PM travelled to Downing Street where she started to put together her first Cabinet.

Senior Tories began arriving at Number 10 a short time later.

For her first appointment, Philip Hammond was named as Chancellor of the Exchequer. His predecessor George Osborne also resigned from the Government.

Boris Johnson was then appointed Foreign Secretary, while Amber Rudd was named Home Secretary. She had previously held the position of Energy Secretary.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is to remain in his current role and is so far the only member of former Prime Minister David Cameron's Government to remain in his current role.

David Davis has been appointed Secretary of State for leaving the European Union, and Liam Fox has been named as International Trade Secretary.

No further positions are expected to be announced this evening, and Sky's senior political correspondent Beth Rigby says "plenty" more women are likely to join their ranks tomorrow.

May is piecing together a new Cabinet to support her in her promise to create "a country that works for everyone".

In her first speech as PM, Britain's 76th leader said the decisions of her administration would be driven not by the interests of "the privileged few" but those voters struggling with the pressures of modern life.

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