Since Andrea Leadsom backed out of the race on July 11 after making a controversial statement on motherhood, Theresa May, 59, remains uncontested and takes the office following current British Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation. She has been in news ever since she started contesting in the Tory Leadership.
A reserved and shy person, May has always kept her personal life out of the headlines.
Here is a list of facts that would help gain an insight into her character:
- May would be the 76th Prime Minister of Britain and only the second female to attain the status after Margaret Thatcher.
- Born in Eastbourne, Sussex, May had a middle class background. She studied geography at the University of Oxford, where she met Phillip May with whom she bonded over their shared interest in Cricket. They married in 1980.
- Nearly an year after her wedding, her Vicar father died in a car crash followed by the death of her mother due to multiple sclerosis an year later.
- In 1977, she started working at the Bank of England and left the job in 1983 later to work as a financial consultant and senior advisor at the Association for Payment Clearing Services.
- She also worked at the London Council before contesting in general elections where she lost in the years 1992 and 1994 only to be elected as a Conservative MP in 1997.
- She was appointed the Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2002.
- Earlier, she served multiple roles in the shadow cabinets including Shadow Secretary of State for Education in 1999. After William Hague’s exit, she served as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport under Ian Duncan Smith. She continued in the transport profile under Michael Howard before moving to culture in 2005, taking up the role of Shadow Leader in the House of Commons under David Cameron.
- May became the Home Secretary in 2010 after briefly serving as shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions. Along with her election as Home Secretary, said to be the toughest job there is in government, she was also appointed as the Minister for Women and Equality, a position she left in 2012.
- In November 2012, she was diagnosed with Diabetes Type-I.
- She served the longest tenure in over a century as Home Secretary.