2. Theresa May Theresa Mary May was born 1 October 1956) is a British politician serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdomand Leader of the Conservative
Party since 2016. She was first elected Member of
Parliament for Maidenhead in the general election
of 1997. Ideologically, she identifies herself as a
3. Early career Between 1977 and 1983 May worked at the Bank of England, and from 1985 to 1997 as a financial consultant andsenior advisor in International Affairs at the
Association for Payment Clearing Services. She married
Philip May in September 1980. Her father died in a car
accident in 1981 and her mother of multiple sclerosis the
following year. May later stated she was "sorry they
never saw me elected as a Member of Parliament".
4. Early political career Having entered Parliament, May became a member of William Hague's front-bench Opposition team, as ShadowSpokesman for Schools, Disabled People and
Women (1998–1999). She became the first of the 1997
MPs to enter the Shadow Cabinet when in 1999 she was
appointed Shadow Education and Employment Secretary.
After the 2001 election the new Conservative leader Iain
Duncan Smith kept her in the Shadow Cabinet, moving
her to the Transport portfolio.
5. Prime Minister Main article: Premiership of Theresa May Leadership election Further information: Conservative Party (UK)leadership election, 2016
On 30 June 2016, May announced her candidacy for the leadership of the
Conservative Party to replace David Cameron, who resigned following the
outcome of the European Union membership referendum in which 52% of
voters voted in favour of leaving the EU. May emphasised the need for unity
within the party regardless of positions on leaving the EU, saying she could
bring "strong leadership" and a "positive vision" for the country's future.
Despite having backed a vote to remain in the EU, she insisted that there
would be no second referendum, saying: "The campaign was fought... and
the public gave their verdict. There must be no attempts to remain inside the
EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door... Brexit means Brexit".
An opinion poll that day found 47% of people choosing May as their
preferred candidate to be Prime Minister.