MAIDENHEAD has had the attention of the country's media this week as the town's MP was announced as the UK's next Prime Minister.

Theresa May, who is MP for Maidenhead, was made the leader of the Conservative party on Monday and took over as the new Prime Minister on Wednesday.

Maidenhead's MP has had a busy job for years, not only serving constituents, but also working as the UK's Home Secretary since 2010, but has still been seen at many events in the community. As she takes on one of the country's most high-profile jobs, Mrs May has pledged to continue her commitment to the town.

She said: "I am very grateful for the messages of support I’ve had from people in the Maidenhead constituency. I want to assure local residents that I will continue to campaign on the local issues that matter to them, and will work hard to serve my constituents as I always have done.

"I am honoured and humbled to have been chosen by the Conservative Party to be its leader and the Prime Minister. My leadership campaign was based on three things. First, the need for strong, proven leadership to steer us through what will be difficult and uncertain economic and political times. We need to negotiate the best deal for Britain in leaving the EU and to forge a new role for ourselves in the world. Second, we need to unite our country. And third, we need a strong, new positive vision for the future of our country – a vision of a country that works not for the privileged few but for everyone."

Mrs May, who lives in Sonning with her husband Philip, was first elected as MP for Maidenhead in 1997, and has retained the seat at every election since.

Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Simon Dudley said he believes Mrs May will do a wonderful job leading the country through the departure of the EU.

He said: "It's fantastic news for Teresa and fantastic news for the country.

"Undoubtedly there is going to be a lot more focus on Maidenhead from national and international media because it is now the home of the prime minister.

"We'll have to work even harder to make sure we do an even better job than we're already doing."