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The Right Honourable
 Theresa May
 MP

Incumbent
Assumed office 
19 January 2009
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Chris Grayling

In office
6 December 2005 – 19 January 2009
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Oliver Heald
Succeeded by Alan Duncan

In office
6 May 2005 – 6 December 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by Julie Kirkbride
Succeeded by Hugo Swire

In office
6 November 2003 – 6 May 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by Tim Collins (Transport)
David Lidington (Environment)
Succeeded by Alan Duncan

In office
23 July 2002 – 6 November 2003
Leader Iain Duncan Smith
Preceded by David Davis
Succeeded by Liam Fox

In office
18 September 2001 – 23 July 2002
Leader Iain Duncan Smith
Preceded by Archie Norman
Succeeded by Tim Collins

Member of Parliament
for Maidenhead
Incumbent
Assumed office 
1 May 1997
Preceded by Constituency created
Majority 6,231 (13.6%)

Born 1 October 1956 (1956-10-01) (age 53)
Eastbourne, Sussex
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Philip May
Alma mater St Hugh's College, Oxford

Theresa Mary May MP, née Brasier (born on 1 October, 1956 in Eastbourne, Sussex) is a British politician, former chairman of the Conservative Party, and Member of Parliament for Maidenhead. She is currently the Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Minister for Women.

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Early life

She initially attended a private school then at the age of 13 she went to Holton Park Girls' Grammar School in Wheatley which became Wheatley Park Comprehensive School (near Oxford) when she was fifteen. May studied at St Hugh's College, Oxford and obtained an MA in Geography in 1977.

From 1977-83 she 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. She was a councillor in the London Borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994, where she was Chairman of Education (1988–90) and Deputy Group Leader and Housing Spokesman (1992–4). In the 1992 general election she stood (and lost) in the safe Labour seat of North West Durham and then unsuccessfully contested the 1994 Barking by-election. In the 1997 general election she was elected the Conservative MP for Maidenhead.

Member of Parliament

Having entered parliament she soon became a member of William Hague's front-bench team as Shadow Spokesman for Schools, Disabled People and Women (1998 – June 1999). May 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 retained her services in the Shadow Cabinet, moving her to the Transport portfolio. In this role she opposed then Transport Secretary Stephen Byers in the period leading up to his resignation.

May was appointed the first female chairman in July 2002. During her speech at the 2002 Conservative Party Conference while making a point about why her party must change, she controversially stated that the Conservatives were currently perceived as the "nasty party". In 2003, she was sworn of the Privy Council. After Michael Howard became Conservative leader that year, he made May Shadow Secretary of State for Transport and the Environment. However in June 2004 she was moved to the new position of Shadow Secretary of State for the Family. After the 2005 election her portfolio was expanded and she became Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport whilst remaining Shadow Secretary of State for the Family. David Cameron appointed her Shadow Leader of the House in December 2005 after his accession to the leadership. In January 2009 she was made Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

Personal life

May is known for her love of shoes; in the register of members' interests she declared that she had '[received a] discount card on the purchase of shoes from Russell & Bromley which has the potential to be of registrable value.' She married Philip John May on 6 September 1980 in south-east Oxfordshire and lives in Sonning, Berkshire.

Styles

  • Miss Theresa Brasier (1956–1980)
  • Mrs Philip May (1980–1997)
  • Mrs Philip May, MP (1997–2003)
  • The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP (2003–)

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
new constituency
Member of Parliament for Maidenhead
1997–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
David Davis
Chairman of the Conservative Party
2002–2003
Succeeded by
Liam Fox
Political offices
Preceded by
Damian Green
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment
1998–2001
Succeeded by
David Willetts
Preceded by
Archie Norman
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions
2001–2002
Succeeded by
Tim Collins
Preceded by
Julie Kirkbride
Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Hugo Swire
Preceded by
Oliver Heald
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Alan Duncan
Preceded by
Chris Grayling
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
2009–present
Incumbent

Simple English

File:Theresa May - Home Secretary and minister for women and
Theresa May is the British Home Secretary

Theresa Mary May (born October 1, 1956 in Eastbourne, East Sussex, England) is an British politician who is the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality in the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government. She is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency of Maidenhead in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.

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).

She became the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality on May 12, 2010.








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