|The Right Honourable|
|Prime Minister of the United Kingdom|
|Assumed office |
13 July 2016
|Preceded by||David Cameron|
|14th Chairperson-in-Office of the Commonwealth of Nations|
|Assumed office |
19 April 2018
|Preceded by||Joseph Muscat|
|Leader of the Conservative Party|
|Assumed office |
11 July 2016
|Chairman||Sir Patrick McLoughlin|
|Preceded by||David Cameron|
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Constituency created|
12 May 2010 – 13 July 2016
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Alan Johnson|
|Succeeded by||Amber Rudd|
|Minister for Women and Equalities|
12 May 2010 – 4 September 2012
|Prime Minister||David Cameron|
|Preceded by||Harriet Harman|
|Succeeded by||Maria Miller|
|Chairwoman of the Conservative Party|
23 July 2002 – 6 November 2003
|Leader||Iain Duncan Smith|
|Preceded by||David Davis|
|Succeeded by||Liam Fox|
The Lord Saatchi
|Born||Theresa Mary Brasier|
1 October 1956
Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Philip May (m. 1980)
|Residence||10 Downing Street (official)|
|Alma mater||St Hugh's College, Oxford|
She was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, and grew up in Oxfordshire. She is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Maidenhead in the House of Commons. She was the Home Secretary in the David Cameron Conservative government. In 2018, she was elected as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office.
On 12 December 2018, 48 Conservative MPs had submitted letters of no confidence to the Chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady, triggering a vote of no confidence. Despite this, May won the confidence vote after 200 MPs vowed support to her leadership. On 15 January 2019 after her Brexit proposal failed in the House of Commons by a 432 to 202 vote, Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn filled a motion of no confidence in her ministry, which failed in a 325 to 306 vote.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Early career
- 3 Early political work
- 4 Home Secretary (2010-2016)
- 5 Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (since 2016)
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Honors
- 8 References
- 9 Other websites
Early life[change | change source]
May was born on 1 October 1956 in Eastbourne, Sussex. May is the only child of Zaidee Mary (née Barnes; 1928–1982) and Hubert Brasier (1917–1981). Her father was a Church of England clergyman. May was educated at Oxfordshire primary and grammar schools in the State sector, and graduated the University of Oxford in 1977.
Early career[change | change source]
From 1977 and 1983 May worked at the Bank of England, and from 1985 to 1997 as a financial consultant and senior advisor in International Affairs at the Association for Payment Clearing Services. May's parents died during this period, her father in a car accident in 1981 and her mother of multiple sclerosis a year later. May served as a councillor for the London Borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994, where she was Chairman of Education (1988–90) and Deputy Group Leader and Housing Spokesman (1992–94).
Early political work[change | change source]
She first became a Conservative Party MP at the 1997 general election and was promoted to the shadow cabinet in 1999. She held several positions in the shadow cabinet, including Chairman of the Conservative Party (July 2002-November 2003) and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (December 2005-January 2009).
Home Secretary (2010-2016)[change | change source]
She became the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality on 12 May 2010.
In December 2010, May declared that deployment of water cannon by police forces in mainland Britain was an operational decision which had been "resisted until now by senior police officers." She rejected their use following the widespread rioting in Summer 2011. In 2010, May promised to bring the level of net migration down to less than 100,000. In February 2015, The Independent reported, "The Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced a net flow of 298,000 migrants to the UK in the 12 months to September 2014—up from 210,000 in the previous year."
At the Conservative Party Conference on 4 October 2011, while arguing that the Human Rights Act needed to be amended, May gave the example of a foreign national who the Courts ruled was allowed to remain in the UK, "because—and I am not making this up—he had a pet cat".
In July 2013, May decided to ban the stimulant khat, against the advice of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). The council said that there was "insufficient evidence" it caused health problems.
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (since 2016)[change | change source]
2016 Conservative Party leadership election[change | change source]
May was a candidate in the upcoming election for leadership of the Conservative Party. May described herself as a candidate who will unify the party after a 'divisive' referendum (Brexit). She won the first ballot on 5 July 2016 by a large margin with 50% of the votes. On 7 July, May won the votes of 199 MPs, facing the vote of Conservative Party members in a contest with Andrea Leadsom.
Early days[change | change source]
After being appointed by the Queen on 13 July 2016, May became the United Kingdom's second female Prime Minister, after Margaret Thatcher. She is the first female Prime minister of the 21st century.
May told the media on 12 July 2016 that she was "honoured and humbled" to be the party leader and to become prime minister. Responding to some calls for a general election (reported by the news media) to confirm her mandate, "sources close to Mrs May" said there would be no such election according to the BBC.
A big issue May had to tackle during her premiership is Brexit, after Britain voted to leave the European Union. May has led talks with the European Union to plan how the split will happen.
May has also dealt with the war in Iraq and Syria. She has used Britain's military to fight ISIS in both countries. British troops have been in the Battle of Mosul, helping Iraq's military and the Kurdish forces.
General election, 2017[change | change source]
On 18 April 2017 Theresa May surprised people by saying she wanted to have a snap general election on 8 June . The next day the House of Commons voted in favour of holding the general election in June.
At the start of the campaign the Conservatives had a large lead in the polls. As the campaign went on, the Labour Party gained more support and started to rise in the polls. On the day of the election the Conservatives did worse than expected and May lost her majority in the House of Commons.
Vote of no confidence[change | change source]
On 12 December 2018, the chairman of the 1922 committee received enough formal request letters to warrant what some Westminster system countries call a Leadership spill, which was promptly scheduled for the following evening. Many say this is because of the Brexit deal and the way May is handling the deal. Before the vote, May said later that day that she would not lead her party in the next general election in 2022. May would go on to win the confidence vote.
Brexit defeat[change | change source]
On 15 January 2019 Theresa May's government was defeated in the house of commons by a majority of 203 in a vote on her deal to leave the European Union. This is the largest majority against a United Kingdom government ever. 
Personal life[change | change source]
She married Philip John May on 6 September 1980. She has no children.
Honors[change | change source]
Styles[change | change source]
- Miss Theresa Brasier (1956–1980)
- Mrs Philip May (1980–1997)
- Theresa May MP (1997–2003)
- The Rt Hon Theresa May MP (2003–present)
References[change | change source]
- The International Who's Who. Europa Publications. 2004. p. 1114.
- Davies, Ben (22 May 2001). "Vote 2001:Key People Theresa May Education and Employment". BBC News Online. BBC. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
- "Theresa May survives confidence vote". 12 December 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "May's government survives no confidence vote" (16 January 2019). BBC News. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
- Sparrow, Andrew; Weaver, Matthew; Lyons, Kate (16 January 2019). "No-confidence motion fails by 325 to 306 votes – Politics live". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
- Davies, Ben (22 May 2001). "Vote 2001: Key People Theresa May Education and Employment". BBC News. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS.
- "Famous family trees: Theresa May". Blog.findmypast.co.uk. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
- "As Theresa May makes a bid for prime minister we look at her first foray into politics". Retrieved 2016-07-09.
- Day, Elizabeth. "Theresa May – what lies beyond the public image?". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
- Mendick, Robert. "The Oxford romance that has guided Theresa May from tragedy to triumph". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
- "Howard unveils his top team". BBC News Online. BBC. 10 November 2003. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
- Porter, Andrew (12 December 2010). "Police could use water cannon to disperse rioters, Theresa May says". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 9 August 2011.
- "Theresa May to tell Tory conference that mass migration threatens UK cohesion". The Guardian. London. 6 October 2015.
- Home Secretary Theresa May comes @Out4Marriage retrieved 24 May 2012
- "Herbal stimulant khat to be banned". BBC News. 3 July 2013.
- "Theresa May's Tory Leadership Launch Statement". The Independent. London, UK. 30 June 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
- Elgot, Jessica (30 June 2016). "Theresa May launches Tory leadership bid with pledge to unite country". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
- "Theresa May v Andrea Leadsom to be next prime minister". BBC News. 8 July 2016. Retrieved 8 July 2016.
- "Theresa May to succeed Cameron as UK PM on Wednesday". BBC. BBC. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
The timing of the handover of power from David Cameron looks set to be after PM's questions on Wednesday.
- "Theresa May gives first speech as leader of the Conservative party". The Telegraph. London, UK. 11 July 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
- McKenzie, Sheena. "Theresa May becomes new British Prime Minister". CNN.com. Retrieved 2016-07-13.
- "PM-in-waiting Theresa May promises 'a better Britain'". BBC News. 11 July 2016. Archived from the original on 25 January 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
- "Tributes for David Cameron at his final cabinet as UK PM". BBC News. BBC. 12 July 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
- "Theresa May seeks general election". BBC News. 18 April 2017. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
- "UK election 2017: Conservatives 'to fall short of majority'". bbc.com. BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "Britain in chaos: Theresa May could face leadership spill". 12 February 3446. Check date values in:
- "U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May survives no-confidence vote amid Brexit turmoil". NBC News.
- "PM's Brexit deal rejected by huge margin". 15 January 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- Orr, Deborah (14 December 2009). "Theresa May: David Cameron's lady in waiting". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
- "Theresa May diagnosed with diabetes". 28 July 2013 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Church of England and Theresa May". The Times. 15 March 2012. p. 26.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Constituency website of Theresa May MP
- Profile[dead link] at the Conservative Party website
- Profile[dead link] at Debrett's People of Today
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Electoral history and profile at The Guardian
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
- Profile at BBC News Democracy Live
- Articles authored at Journalisted
- May talks to Women2Win (July 2011)