Live: David Cameron's final hours as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister David Cameron begun his final session of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

Live: David Cameron's final hours as British Prime Minister

British Prime Minister David Cameron begun his final session of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

Update 12.33pm: David Cameron believes he has clocked up 5,500 questions while Prime Minister - although joked he will leave it to others to decide how many he has answered.

Mr Cameron used his final appearance at Prime Minister's Questions to dismiss suggestions he will look to take over as Top Gear host or England manager, joking they "sound even harder" than being PM.

He also stressed his love for Larry the Downing Street cat and swapped warm wishes with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - despite numerous jokes at his opposite number's expense.

In his final exchange with the PM, Mr Corbyn insisted there will be "plenty more to come" for Theresa May after telling MPs he has asked Mr Cameron 179 questions.

Before his 180th question, Mr Corbyn wished Mr Cameron and his family well.

He told the outgoing PM: "I'd also like you to pass on my thanks to your mum for her advice about ties and suits and songs.

"It's extremely kind of her and I'd be grateful if you could pass that on to her personally. I'm reflecting on the lesson she offered.

"But I've got one rumour I want you to deal with.

"There's a rumour going around that your departure has been carefully choreographed so you can slip seamlessly into the vacancy created this morning on Strictly by Len Goodman's departure.

"Is that your next career?"

Update 1pm: Mr Cameron replied: "I don't really have a pasa doble so no, I can promise that's not the case."

He described his wife Samantha as "amazing", and noted she was watching with their children from the public gallery.

Mr Cameron went on: "I've done a bit research. I've addressed 5,500 questions from this despatch box - I'll leave it to others to work out how many I've answered."

Addressing Speaker John Bercow, he said: "Because of your belief in letting everyone have their say, I think I've done a record of 92 hours of statements from this despatch box as well as some very enjoyable Liaison Committee appearances and other things.

"I will certainly send (Mr Corbyn's) good wishes back to my mother. He seems to have taken her advice and is looking absolutely splendid today."

Mr Cameron added to the Labour leader: "It gives me the opportunity to put a rumour to rest as well, even more serious than the Strictly Come Dancing one - you'll appreciate this because El Gato, your cat, is particularly famous - the rumour that I somehow don't love Larry.

"I do and I have photographic evidence to prove it."

Mr Cameron held up a photograph of himself with Larry.

He added: "Sadly I can't take Larry with me, he belongs to the house and the staff love him very much - as do I."

Opening his remarks, Mr Corbyn thanked Mr Cameron for his service and for helping to release Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo Bay and legislating for equal marriage.

Mr Corbyn attempted to raise issues surrounding homelessness, the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and the economy during his exchanges with the PM.

He warned that homelessness has risen for the past six years and looks as though it will continue to rise.

Mr Cameron, in his reply, said of equal marriage: "I will never forget the day at No 10 when one of the people who works very close to the front door said to me 'I'm not that interested in politics, Mr Cameron, but because of something your lot has done I'm able to marry the person I've loved all my life this weekend'.

"There are many amazing moments in this job but that actually was one of my favourites."

On homelessness, Mr Cameron said it is "10% below the peak we saw under Labour" and stressed the need to build more houses.

He added: "Now we need to quicken the pace on that."

Mr Cameron later congratulated Mrs May on becoming the next prime minister.

He told Mr Corbyn: "When it comes to women prime ministers, I'm very pleased to be able to say pretty soon it's going to be 2-0 - and not a pink bus in sight."

The PM continued to poke fun at Mr Corbyn and Labour, adding: "We've both been having these leadership elections.

"We got on with it. We've had resignation, nomination, competition and coronation. They haven't even decided what the rules are yet.

"If they ever got into power it'd take them about a year to work out who would sit where."

Mr Corbyn replied: "Democracy is an exciting and splendid thing, and I'm enjoying every moment of it."

Mr Cameron also compared Mr Corbyn's leadership to a scene from a Monty Python film.

He told the Opposition leader: "I'm beginning to admire your tenacity. You're reminding me of the black knight in Monty Python's Holy Grail.

"He's been kicked so many times but he says 'keep going, it's only a flesh wound'. I admire that."

The PM later read an email from September 16, 2015, from a woman called Judith.

Mr Cameron told MPs: "She said this: 'Please, please keep dignity and not triumphalism during the first PMQs today with Jeremy Corbyn'.

"And she gave this reason. She said 'because Tom Watson, who may oust Jeremy Corbyn, is a very different kettle of fish. He's experienced, organised and far more dangerous in the long-term'.

"She goes on 'so sensible, sober, polite answers to Mr Corbyn - let him create his party disunity'.

"After this is over, I've got to find Judith and find out what on earth happens next."

He told the packed House of Commons: "I will watch these exchanges from the backbenches, I will miss the roar of the crowd, I will miss the barbs from the Opposition, but I will be willing you on.

"And when I say willing you on I don't just mean willing on the new Prime Minster at this despatch box or indeed just willing on the frontbench defending the manifesto that I helped to put together.

"But I mean willing all of you on. Because people come here with huge passion for the issues they care about, they come here with great love for the constituencies that they represent.

"And also willing on this place, because yes we can be pretty tough and test and challenge our leaders, perhaps more than some other countries, but that is something we should be proud of and we should keep at it.

"And I hope you will all keep at it and I will will you on as you do."


The outgoing PM - who will hand over the keys to Number 10 to Theresa May within hours - said nothing to reporters outside, but is expected to make a statement later setting out what he sees as his legacy before going to Buckingham Palace to offer his resignation to the Queen.

Mrs May will follow him to the Palace to be formally appointed his successor by "kissing hands" with the head of state, and is expected to make her first speech as PM outside the famous black door in Downing Street outlining her priorities for the new administration.

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