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What Happens When You Use Pokemon Go In Downing Street

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Theresa May officially became prime minister on Wednesday afternoon, following the departure of David Cameron from Downing Street. Luckily BuzzFeed News was on hand to capture the entire event through the medium of Pokémon Go.

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Outside Downing Street hundreds of people had been waiting hours to see the end of Cameron's six-year stint as prime minister. The outgoing leader gave a speech in which he defended his record as leader and paid tribute to his family.

"I do believe that today, our country is much stronger," Cameron said, in a speech that contained no references to popular geolocation-based mobile phone games.

He then left to formally hand his resignation to the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

As the Downing Street gates opened and the police outriders sped through, a wild Venonat was spotted.

Cameron's car calmly drove straight through the Pokémon without stopping.

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Cameron's speech could not hide the fact that his legacy as premier is likely to be defined by his fateful decision to risk an EU referendum, only then find himself on the losing side as Britain voted for Brexit.

The former Tory leader had planned a full second term as prime minister with a stated focus on social justice reforms. Several years of major policy changes had been planned. But all this ultimately will have to be scrapped.

Much as Cameron failed to secure his political legacy, BuzzFeed did not manage to capture the Venonant.

Inside Downing Street hundreds of political journalists stood in a metal pen opposite the famous black door, musing on the momentous occasion while waiting for Cameron's formal resignation.

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The circumstances were astonishing: In the space of three weeks, the entire UK political system had changed, we'd lost a prime minister and committed to Brexit, and the opposition had been thrown into turmoil.

Occasionally, tumultuous events crystallise in a moment of self-reflection where political journalists experience the rare privilege of being close to power as it ebbs and flows. The moment when a prime ministerial term is curtailed – a political full stop, the end of an era – is one of those.

Another is when a wild Drowzee appears.

Once Cameron had officially quit, Theresa May was formally appointed as prime minister by the Queen. She immediately drove to Downing Street.

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May is likely to be a slightly different sort of prime minister to Cameron – she has pledged to focus on inequality and make good on Brexit. After keeping a relatively low media profile, she is now faced with leading the country at a time of national crisis.

In a show of this new approach, after arriving in Downing Street she calmly strode up the street accompanied only by her husband and an errant Zubat.

In her first speech as prime minister May vowed to be a "One Nation" leader who looked after "ordinary working-class families".

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"That means fighting against the burning injustice that if you're born poor you will die on average nine years earlier than others," she said. "The government I lead will be driven, not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours. We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives.

"When we take the big calls, we'll think not of the powerful, but you. When we pass new laws, we'll listen not to the mighty, but to you. When it comes to taxes, we'll prioritise not the wealthy, but you."

And then she left to get to work, leaving only the Zubat flying over Downing Street.

Jim Waterson is a politics editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Jim Waterson at jim.waterson@buzzfeed.com.

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