Who is new UK PM Theresa May?

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Theresa May is all set for her tenure as the Prime MInister of United Kingdom.

The 2nd female PM of the country, after Margaret Thatcher, May came a long way from her initial days in the Oxford to becoming a Leader of the Conservative Party in 2016.

Theresa May

Birth and Early years

Born on October 1, 1956 in Eastbourne, Sussex, May was the daughter of a clergyman who held the role of Vicar of Wheatley, which is a few miles away from east of Oxford. She completed her primary and grammar schools at Oxfordshire. This was followed by her education in St. Juliana's Convent School for Girls, which is a Roman Catholic independent school in Begbroke. After changing different schools, she finally landed up in Oxford University where she studied geography and graduated with a second class BA degree in 1977.


Between 1977 and 1983, she worked with the Bank of England. From 1985 to 1977, she worked as a financial consultant and senior advisor in International Affairs at the Association for Payment Clearing Services. She served as a councillor for the London Borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994, where she was the Chairman of Education and Deputy Group Leader and Housing Spokesman.

While she lost in the 1992 general elections of North West Durham and the 1994 Barking by-election, she was elected as the Conservative MP for Maidenland.

After entering the Conservative, she was elected the Shadow Spokesman for Schools, Disabled People and Women (1998 - June 1999). In fact, she became the first of the 1997 MPs to enter the Shadow Cabinet.

She was later appointed the first female chairman of the Conservative Party in July 2002.

On 12th May 2012, she was appointed the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality by Prime Minister David Cameron as part of his first Cabinet. Thus, she became the fourth woman to hold one of the greatest offices, after Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minister), Margaret Beckett (Foreign Secretary) and Jacqui Smith (Home Secretary).

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She is also the longest serving Home Secretary for over 60 years.

Thereafter, she made immense contribution in overhauling the administration in the United Kingdom and made reforms in police, drug policy, immigration, family migration and deportation regulation.

She was also one of the flagbearers of same-sex marriage. In May 2012, she expressed her support for the same by recording a video for the Out4Marriage campaign. She became of the first MPs to openly pledge support for the same. She had said, "I believe if two people care for each other, if they love each other, if they want to commit to each other... then they should be able to get married and marriage should be for everyone."

Personal Life

She is married to an investment banker- Philip May who has been employed by Capital International since September 6, 1980. The couple have no children. She has been seen regretting the same and was once heard saying, "You look at families all the time and you see there is something there that you don't have". She has also won award for her speech at the Fawcett Society, promoting the cross-party issue of gender equality. She was nominated as one of the Society's aspiring Women in 2006.

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