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Monday, 18 April 2016

Theresa May

EARLY LIFE

Theresa May was born Theresa Mary Brasier on October 1, 1956 in Eastbourne, Sussex.

Theresa is the only child of Zaidee (a biblical name) Mary (née Barnes; 1928–1982) and Hubert Brasier (1917–1981).

Her father was a Church of England clergyman who was chaplain of an Eastbourne hospital. He later became vicar of Enstone with Heythrop and finally of St Mary's at Wheatley, to the east of Oxford.

May was educated at Oxfordshire primary and grammar schools in the State sector where she called herself ‘Terri’ to make herself more approachable.

She attended the University of Oxford where she read geography at St Hugh's College, and joined the Oxford Union debating society and University Conservative Association. May graduated with a second class BA degree in 1977.

EARLY CAREER

From 1977 and 1983 May worked at the Bank of England.

She worked from 1985 to 1997 as a financial consultant and senior adviser 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

POLITICAL CAREER

May's father asked her not to campaign for the Conservatives in his village in case it upset his congregation.

Her first step into politics came when she served as 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).

May first became a Conservative Party MP for Maidenhead at the 1997 general election. At the time she was one of just 13 female Tory MPs.

She very quickly rose up the ranks, joining William Hague's shadow front-bench opposition in 1999 as education spokesman, and never left the front bench. May held several positions, including Chairman of the Conservative Party (July 2002-November 2003) and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (December 2005-January 2009).

May became the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality on May 12, 2010. She was the longest-serving Home Secretary for 60 years.

By UK Home Office - Wikipedia Commons

Theresa May succeeded David Cameron as United Kingdom's Prime Minister on July 12, 2016 becoming the second female head of government.

In 2016, Theresa May's salary as Prime Minister was £143,462.

PERSONAL LIFE

It was at a Oxford University Conservative Association disco, that fellow member Benazir Bhutto (future Prime Minister of Pakistan) introduced Theresa May to Philip May, who would become her husband.

They married on September 6, 1980 at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Wheatley, where May's father was vicar.

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Wheatley,

May is known for a love of distinctive shoes, whose leopard-print kitten heels have achieved cult status. However she has been critical of the media focusing on her fashion instead of her achievements as a politician.

May was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus of type 1 in November 2012. She is treated with daily insulin injections.

May is a keen amateur chef and makes her own pasta. She owns a collection of more than 100 cookbooks.

Her signature dish is Israeli chef and restaurateur Yotam Ottolenghi’s marinated rack of lamb with coriander and honey.

Theresa May will only drink Earl Grey tea. If she is going anywhere for an overnight visit, her handbag will always contain a good supply of tea bags.

May is a member of the Church of England and regularly worships at church on Sunday. She said that her Christian faith "is part of me. It is part of who I am and therefore how I approach things."

Her ecclesiastical upbringing gave May a love of traditional church music, which remains strong to this day.

Source Daily Mail.

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