On Prime Minister Theresa May


July 13, 2016

5 Things to Know About Theresa May, Britain’s Next Prime Minister

Here are five things you need to know about her.

She has been a long-serving Home Secretary

Ms. May has served longer in the difficult cabinet post of Home Secretary, overseeing the nation’s domestic security and immigration agencies, than any since the 19th century. She has held the post since 2010, 13 years after she was first elected to Parliament.

She is considered a moderate in the Conservative Party and has been compared to Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany; both are known for their pragmatism. As Home Secretary, Ms. May was criticized for failing to meet a Conservative pledge to sharply reduce the net number of immigrants to Britain.

She has promised to lead Britain out of the European Union

Though Ms. May supported Prime Minister David Cameron’s stance in favor of remaining in the European Union, she said little publicly during the referendum campaign, leading to some speculation that she privately favored leaving, known as Brexit. That ambiguity helped her to emerge as a compromise candidate who might promise to unify the party’s factions.

She has ruled out holding a second referendum, saying that the people have spoken and that “Brexit means Brexit.” Still, she is not in a hurry: She said she would not invoke the legal mechanism that begins the withdrawal process until later in the year.

She wants to give workers a seat on corporate boards

Ms. May has said that people want more than just a “Brexit P.M.,” and has pledged “a bold new positive vision for the future of our country, a country that works not for a privileged few but for every one of us.” She has promised to address inequality, give workers greater representation on corporate boards and limit tax cuts.

She was introduced to her husband by Benazir Bhutto

Like Britain’s first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, Ms. May was born into a middle-class family. She was educated at Oxford, where she belonged to the Conservative Association and the Oxford Union, a debating society known for producing future leaders.

At a Conservative Association dance in 1976, she was introduced to Philip May, her future husband, by Benazir Bhutto, a fellow student who would go on to become the first female Prime Minister of Pakistan.

She is an avid cookbook collector

To relax, Ms. May has said she enjoys cooking (she owns more than 100 cookbooks) and taking long walks in the countryside.She is known for her eclectic footwear, and often wears leopard-print shoes.

9 thoughts on “On Prime Minister Theresa May

  1. Congrats, Madam Prime Minister. Tough job ahead but at least we know where you stand on BREXIT. That in itself is reassuring as far as financial markets are concerned. You need to persuade Scotland, Northern Ireland and the City of London which voted to stay in the EU. Just be Theresa May, not another Maggie Thatcher. Baroness Thatcher is a tough act to follow and furthermore like Ronald Reagan, she was of a different era.–Din Merican

  2. I was at Oxford during the same time. I met Ms. Bhutto. She did not introduce me to my wife or any Oxford lady. Needless to say she needed no introduction. I talked to her. I did not know Theresa. I do not know what her maiden family name was. May be could have been Mrs. Leung. My loss is England’s gain.

  3. I was at Oxford during Bhutto-May era. Oxford is a city of dreaming spires, champions of lost causes and ugly women. At least in those days.

  4. Didn’t Benazir study at Harvard (i.e. Radcliffe College) too? I thought she received her Bachelor degree from
    Harvard?

  5. If the Conservative Party does not stop ignoring and telling lies to ordinary people in the UK it will become irrelevant.. like the present Labour Party and the TUC… there is (finally) already talk of a need for a major realignment in Britisn politics… and TM does not have much time to shake her party out of their slumber…

    Had the British been told the truth, the UK would never have joined even the EEC, never mind the EU. Nor would the British have given the government their consent for their country to join the Iraq criminality…

    “Brexit means Brexit”… now let’s see this promise being kept…

    But Angela Merkel a pragmatic?… nonsense… and she has betrayed the Germans like nobody else in the past half century…

  6. Brexit will indeed mean Brexit. The message is very clear if you look at May’s cabinent appointments. The minister in charge of the Brexit negotiations is David Davis (he was Cameron’s rival for Tory party leader in 2005), and the minister for international trade is Liam Fox (ex defence secretary). These two are well-known Eurosceptics in Britain, and have longed campaigned against EU membership. Also Boris Johnson is foreign secretary. So basically leading Brexiters have been given prominent positions in May’s government.

    They claimed they can easily get a free trade deal with the EU (and other major countries too) during the referendum. Well, now they have a chance to deliver on their promises.

  7. “The government I lead will be driven, not by the interests of the privileged few but by yours. We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives.

    When we take the big calls we will think not of the powerful, but you. When we pass new laws we will listen not to the mighty, but to you.

    When it comes to taxes we will prioritise not the wealthy, but you. When it comes to opportunity we won’t entrench the advantages of the fortunate few, we will do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you.”

    Which Labour PM said the above?

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