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Today’s Prime Minister Theresa May

Theresa May became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on 13th July 2016. This made her only the second female Prime Minister in British history after Margaret Thatcher. She was appointed Leader of the Conservative Party following the resignation of David Cameron after the UK voted to leave the European Union. As the Conservative Party was also the party in government, Mrs May also became Prime Minister.

Who is Theresa May?

Theresa had a varied education spanning both the state and private sectors, and both grammar school and comprehensive school. She read Geography at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University. She started her career at the Bank of England and went on to hold posts at the Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) as Head of the European Affairs Unit and Senior Adviser on International Affairs.

Theresa has been involved in politics at all levels for many years, starting out stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative Association before going on to be a councillor in the London Borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994. During that time she was Chairman of Education between 1988 and 1990 and Deputy Group Leader and Housing Spokesman between 1992 and 1994.

Theresa was elected Member of Parliament for Maidenhead in May 1997. She lives in the constituency and is an active local campaigner. Her local activity has included campaigns to improve the local train service, bring a minor injuries unit to St Marks Hospital, and improve Maidenhead town centre.

She has held several positions within Parliament since 1997. She was a member of the Shadow Cabinet from 1999 to 2010, including as Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. From 2002 to 2003 she was the first female Chairman of the Conservative Party.

Theresa was appointed Home Secretary in May 2010. In this role she is leading the Government’s work to free up the police to fight crime more effectively, secure the borders and reduce immigration, and protect the UK from terrorism. She was also Minister for Women & Equalities from 2010 to 2012.

Highlights 

Watch: First speech as Conservative Leader and PM-Designate

Watch: Theresa May announces her candidacy for leader

Watch: Theresa May's moving statement on Hillsborough

Watch: Theresa May gives her thoughts on Margaret Thatcher's influence

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