Former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is now Chancellor of the Exchequer, effectively becoming the first appointment in Theresa May's new cabinet. Brexiter Boris Johnson has been appointed foreign secretary replacing Hammond.

To add to the drama, former chancellor George Osborne, who had been tipped for a senior cabinet position, has resigned from the government. May is expected to make further decisions on other cabinet posts today (14 July), including whether to include her leadership rival Andrea Leadsom. It is uncertain what will happen to other allies such as Chris Grayling and Justine Greening, while the fates of Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt hang in the balance.

On Wednesday, David Cameron resigned as prime minister after six years at Number 10 and 11 years as Conservative leader. The Tory leader announced he would step down the morning after the country voted to leave the European Union (EU) at last month's referendum.

Home secretary Theresa May became Tory leader and subsequently prime minister. Cameron officially tendered his resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace and made emotional goodbye speeches during PMQ's and outside No. 10.

May, herself then headed to Downing Street and pledged to prioritise "not the mighty nor the wealthy nor the privileged" but working people and will do everything she can to help people to get on in life."

In a clear attempt to unite the party after a ferocious EU referendum campaign the former London Mayor has been appointed as foreign secretary whilst keen 'Remainer' Amber Rudd has been named home secretary.

Former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rudd campaigned passionately for Remain and famously warned during a Live TV debate that she would not trust Johnson to drive her home at the end of a night out.

Downing Street announced that Michael Fallon will remain as defence secretary whilst Liam Fox, who was first to drop out the Tory leadership race, is appointed to the new role of international trade minister, presumably with an aim to foster business for British firms hit by Brexit.

Once a candidate against David Cameron in the Conservative leadership race of 2005, David Davis has been appointed secretary of state for exiting the European Union. He will be taking a key role in negotiations as the UK prepares to enact article 50.

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Theresa May (L) has began building her new cabinet including key roles for Philip Hammond (R) as chancellor and Boris Johnson (C) as foreign secretary Getty