Theresa May reflects on time as PM, criticises careerist politicians in final commons speech

Theresa May delivered her final speech as an MP on Friday, as she stands down after 27 years in the House of Commons.

The long-serving Conservative MP had already stated her intention to quit parliament ahead of the prime minister’s speech last Wednesday, in which he announced the election.

May, 67, was first elected in 1997 and served as home secretary between 2010 and 2016 before becoming prime minister.

She used her final speech to reflect on her time as PM and thank her constituents, parliamentary staff and her husband, Philip. 

She also criticised politicians who put “their ambitions” ahead of “the people they serve”.

The former prime minister said: “I worry that today there are too many people in politics who think it is about them, their ambitions, their careers, and not about the people they serve”. is the UK’s leading digital-only political website, providing comprehensive coverage of UK politics. Subscribe to our free daily newsletter here.

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