“Poverty is not just about income: it’s about aspiration. It’s not just about giving people a couple of extra pounds a week, welcome though that is. – Theresa May
Born : October 1, 1956 in Eastbourne, UK Nationality : British Parents : Only child of Zaidee Mary and Hubert Brasier. Spouse : Philip May Education : St Hugh's College, University of Oxford Political Party : Conservative Party Awards & Honours : 1. According to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour(in February 2013), Theresa May is Britain's second-most powerful woman after Queen Elizabeth II. 2. According to Forbes in April 2017, May was ranked the second most powerful woman in the world,behind Angela Merkel.
Theresa May is a British Politician and the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. She is the second woman to serve in that office after Margaret Thatcher. May is also the leader of the Conservative Party.
7 Facts about Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom :
Theresa May started her professional career with the Bank of England serving from 1977 to 1983. From 1985 to 1997, she worked at the Association for Payment and Clearing as a councillor for Durnsford in Merton. She then moved into politics after being elected as an MP.
Theresa May was elected as the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead in 1997. This made her the first MP for the area. She had unsuccessfully contested for a set in the House of Commons in 1992 and 1994. From 2002 to 2003, she served as the first female Chairman of the Conservative Party.
After winning a parliamentary seat, May served in various capacities as a Shadow minister while in opposition. In 2010, David Cameron appointed her as Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities. This made her the fifth woman to occupy one of British Great Offices of State. She became the longest serving Home Secretary for sixty years since James Chuter Ede.
Deportation of Abu Qatada
In 2002, the Muslim cleric, Abu Qatada was arrested for his radical teachings. But plans to deport him to Jordan became a huge legal battle. Britain had to spend about £1.7 million on legal fees alone. However during the tenure of May as home secretary, she negotiated a deal with Jordan and in 2013, Qatara was deported to Jordan.
May succeeded Prime Minister David Cameron after he resigned from office following the fallout of Brexit. She won the leadership election in July 2016, making her the second woman after Margaret Thatcher to become the Prime Minister. She has since led the process of Brexit after triggering Article 50.
May started her education at the Heythrop Primary School and later moved to St. Juliana’s Convent School for Girls in Begbroke. She had her tertiary education at the University of Oxford where she studied geography at the St Hugh’s College. May graduated in 1977 with a second-class BA degree.
May is married to an investment banker since 1980. The couple has no children. She once expressed her regret of not having children. In 2012, she was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.