The day new Prime Minister Theresa May became a South Yorkshire Times fan

Theresa May visits the South Yorkshire Times offices in 2014.
Theresa May visits the South Yorkshire Times offices in 2014.

As new Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to move into 10 Downing Street today, two years ago she was rubbing shoulders with staff at the South Yorkshire Times!

Poised to take over from David Cameron this afternoon, back in 2014 the then Home Secretary dropped into our offices in Printing Office Street to meet with staff - and gave her backing to our campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of legal highs.

The new PM met with reporter Sarah Marshall to discuss the issue in an exclusive interview and praised the Times for campaigning to raise awareness of the side effects of the substances.

Sporting a tartan jacket adorned with a poppy, Mrs May toured our town centre offices ahead of a brief chat with Sarah.

In the interview in October 2014, she said: "These are substances that are very dangerous. We asked some experts to look at this issue.

"We’ve now published a report and the Government will be acting to ensure that we can clamp down in a number of ways to ensure that fewer people see their lives damaged by these substances."

She was also asked about racial tensions in Hexthorpe two years ago and added: "What we are doing as a government is ensuring that we have an immigration policy that recognises peoples concerns because of Labour’s open-door policy which I think was bad for Britain."

"We have a policy which says that we are happy about people coming in to the country, but we need to have some control over that and ensure that the people who do come here want to contribute to our society and economy. That we root out abuse and that we make it harder for people to be here illegally."