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The Home Office

The current Home Secretary is the Rt Hon Theresa May MP. Theresa May was appointed after the General Election in 2010 and is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Maidenhead, England.

About the Home Office and the Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.

The Home Office is responsible for:

• working on the problems caused by illegal drug use

• shaping the alcohol strategy, policy and licensing conditions

• keeping the United Kingdom safe from the threat of terrorism

• reducing and preventing crime, and ensuring people feel safe in their homes and communities

• securing the UK border and controlling immigration

• considering applications to enter and stay in the UK

• issuing passports and visas

• supporting visible, responsible and accountable policing by empowering the public and freeing up the police to fight crime

More about the current Home Secretary

Theresa May had a varied education, spanning both the state and private sectors and attending both grammar school and comprehensive school. She studied geography at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University.

After starting her career at the Bank of England, Theresa went on to the Association for Payment Clearing Services, firstly as Head of the European affairs unit from 1989 to 1996 and then as Senior Adviser on international affairs from 1996 to 1997.

Theresa has been involved in politics at all levels for many years, beginning by 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 her time at Merton, Theresa was Chair of Education from 1988 to 1990 and Deputy Group Leader and Housing Spokesperson from 1992 to 1994.

Theresa was elected MP for Maidenhead in May 1997, after which she held several shadow positions, including:

• Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment 1999 to 2001
• Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions 2001 to 2002
• Shadow Secretary of State for the Family 2004 to 2005
• Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2005
• Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 2005 to 2009
• Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities 2010 to 2012

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