Theresa May is set to replace David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party and Britain’s prime minister. She is being termed as the woman who will lead Bitain out of EU.
She received substantial support from her party in the leadership race. In the last round of MPs’ votes, she polled 199 to her rival Angela Leadsom’s 84.
Later, on July 11, Leadsom withdrew from the contest, leaving May the sole runner in the leadership race.
Born on 1 October 1956 (age 59), Theresa May, bills herself as the tough negotiator who can get Britain a good deal with Brussels when the talks about Brexit start.That is likely to happen next year.
Mrs May’s experience and strong personality gave her edge over other candidates. Apart from foreign affairs and the Treasury in Opposition, She has won over every major policy portfolio. She is the longest-serving Home Secretary since Henry Matthews in 1892 by holding the post continuously since May 2010.
Before Joining Politics Politics:
Her father Reverend Hubert Brasie was an Anglican vicar and mather name was Zaidee. Mrs May, as the only child grew up in Oxfordshire. She received her education at both grammar and comprehensive schools. She later studied at Oxford University.
Before becoming an MP, she began her career at the Bank of England and then moved to the Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS).
Key moments in Politics
- 1999 – 2010: Holds a variety of shadow cabinet posts
- 2002: Becomes the first female chairman of the Conservatives and says it is seen as the “nasty party”
- 2010 – 2012: Minister for Women & Equalities 2010: Appointed Home Secretary, and makes it her mission to reform the police service and control immigration
- 2012: Blocks British computer hacker Gary McKinnon’s extradition to the US saying it would contravene his human rights
- 2014: Becomes the longest-serving Home Secretary for 50 years
- 2016: Touted as frontrunner to replace David Cameron as leader of the Conservative Party and prime minister
|Councillor, London Borough of Merton|
|1992||parliamentary candidate NW Durham
|1994||parliamentary candidate in the Barking by-election
|1997 to present
|MP for Maidenhead|
|Shadow education secretary|
|Conservative Party Chairman|
|2004-5||Shadow culture media & sport
|2005-9||Shadow leader of the House of Commons
|2009-10||Shadow work & pensions
Some facts to be known about her:
She’s one of the longest-serving home secretaries ever.
May was appointed home secretary in May 2010 when Cameron took office – and has lasted more than six years in the role.
Despite holding one of trickiest jobs in cabinet, she is the longest serving home secretary since Labour’s James Ede had the job between 1945 and 1951. May was only a month away from overtaking his record.
She was forced to apologise in 2014 for massive delays in processing passport applications.
Tens of thousands of people suffered from a massive backlog in Her Majesty’s Passport Office in the summer of 2014 – forcing many to cancel holidays and business trips. Amid calls for her resignation, May told the House of Commons she was sorry and that ministers were “doing all we can to put things right”.
She likes to stay private
May is not a fan of the limelight and likes to keep her private life firmly private. She said “I don’t tour the television studios. I don’t gossip about people over lunch. I don’t go drinking in parliament’s bars. I don’t often wear my heart on my sleeve. I just get on with the job in front of me.”
She has a desire to see more women in parliament.
She is former president of Women2Win – the campaign meant to encourage more women to stand as Tory parliamentary candidate. She rarely turns down invitations to speak at women’s events in parliament. May was the first female chair of the Tory party in 2002 and the second ever female home secretary..