Stepping into serve as the British Prime Minister during one of the most tumultuous periods in British and European politics, Theresa May attempted to deliver Brexit, following the United Kingdom EU membership referendum in 2016. May has served her constituency as the MP for Maidenhead between 1997 and 2019. In addition to her role within her locality, May has played a central role in politics in two decades in public office. Between 2002-2003 she became the Chairwoman for the Conservative Party before serving as the Minister for Women and Equalities between 2010-2012.
During David Cameron’s reign at 10 Downing Street, May was appointed Home Secretary, a role which she held between 2010 and 2016 making her the longest-serving home secretary for 60 years. During her time in the role, she introduced the National Crime Agency, oversaw new restrictions on immigration, drug policy and led the deportation of Abu Qatada.
May received the backing of several high-profile cabinet ministers ahead of the leadership elections in 2016 after David Cameron stepped down as the Prime Minister. She beat Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom to the leadership after MPs voted overwhelmingly in May’s favour.
May assumed office as the Leader of the Conservative Party and the British Prime Minister. The appointment saw her become the second female Prime Minister in British history and the first woman to hold two of the Great Offices of State (the four foremost positions in British politics). May overhauled the Cabinet, appointing Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, Amber Rudd as Home Secretary, Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer and David Davis as Brexit Secretary.
May’s time in office was marred by resignations, including the likes of David Davis, Dominic Raab, Boris Johnson, Jo Johnson and Esther McVey who were disappointed with the deal put on the table and later agreed in principle by May. May then faced a vote of no confidence which led to her ultimate resignation on 7 July 2019.
A highly regarded political figure, May’s time in UK Politics has proven historic. Today, as a political speaker she can share the highs and lows, the cutthroat nature of a position of power, as well as the successes of her 22 years in politics thus far. In addition to detailing her own story, she offers insight into political matters including the EU and Brexit.