Staff clap as new Prime Minister Theresa May walks into 10 Downing Street, London, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. David Cameron stepped down Wednesday after six years as prime minister. (Stefan Rousseau/Pool Photo via AP)
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Theresa May struck a populist tone in her first public remarks as British Prime Minister on Wednesday, saying she planned to continue predecessor David Cameron’s “true legacy” of social justice.

The Conservative Party leader spoke directly to the poor, black and white working-class residents as well as women, youth and those with mental health issues, saying, “The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of a privileged few, but by yours.”

Her party prizes unionism, she said, and not just among England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, “but between all of our citizens, everyone, whoever we are and wherever we’re from.”

“David Cameron has led a one-nation government, and it is in that spirit that I also plan to lead,” she said.

May wasted no time getting to work, naming six Cabinet members shortly after taking the nation’s helm. Among them were two of her chief rivals in her bid to head the Conservative Party: members of Parliament Boris Johnson and Liam Fox.