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30 Interesting Facts About Theresa May – Prime Minister Of The United Kingdom

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Theresa Mary May is a British politician, who has been serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Maidenhead since 1997 and Leader of the Conservative Party since July 2016. Here are some fascinating facts to know about her:

  1. May is the second women Prime Minister of United Kingdom after Margaret Thatcher.
  2. She was born on October 01, 1956 in Eastbourne, Sussex to Zaidee Mary and Hubert Brasier.
  3. May graduated from University Oxford in 1977 with a degree in geography at St. Hugh’s College. She did her schooling in Heythrop and Begbroke before moving to Wheatley Park Comprehensive School, Wheatley,Oxfordshire.
  4. After her graduation, she worked at the Bank of England and at Association for Payment Clearing Service as financial consultant in senior position.
  5. On September 06, 1980, she married Philip May, a British investment relation manager. As students at Oxford University, they were introduced to each other by Late Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto.
  6. She owns around 100 cookery books and loves cooking. Her husband Philip claims her to be a “very good cook.”
  7. She and her husband are passionate about hiking in Swiss Alps and cricket. The Geoffrey Boycott was one of her sporting heroes.
  8. May lost her father Rev Hugh Brasier, in a car crash in 1981. Her mother, Zaidee, who had multiple sclerosis, died a few months later.
  9. She contested for Maidenhead as Conservative candidate in the 1997 general election and won with 49.8% vote defeating Andrew Terence Ketteringham of the Liberal Democrats.
  10. She became member of front bench opposition team and was appointedas Shadow Spokesman for School, Disabled People and Women portfolio. In 1999 she entered Shadow Cabinet as Secretary of Education and Employment.
  11. May was re-elected in 2001 general election and was allotted Transport Portfolio in the Shadow Cabinet.
  12. She was appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2002 and was sworn as the Privy Council and appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Transport in November that year.
  13. After being re-elected from Maidenhead in the May06, 2010 general election, she was appointed Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality. She became the fourth women to hold Greatest Office of the State.
  14. On May 26, 2010, she introduced government bill came to known as ‘Identity Document Act 2010,’ which reverses the introduction of Identity Card and its information record.
  15. After June 02, 2010, Cumbria shooting, May introduced temporary cap on UK visas for non-Europian migrants and banned the Indian Muslim preacher ZakirNaik from entering U.K.
  16. May supported detention of David Miranda of Guardian under the Terrorism Act 2000 for which she was criticized. The High Court subsequently ruled the detention legal.
  17. In May 2012, she was supportive of Same-Sex Marriage by recording a video for the ‘Out4Marriage’ campaign.
  18. In June 2012, she was accused of unacceptable and regrettable behavior by disregarding legal agreement to free an Algerian from UK Immigration Detention Centre. The prisoner was freed.
  19. May announced a bill called Investigatory Power Bill, requiring mobile service provider to maintain the record for a year. The bill was introduced on November 29 and the Act came in to force on December 30, 2016.
  20. In July 2013, she attributed reduction in crime to her governments removable of red tape and scraping target for police to concentrate on crime control.
  21. She banned the use of stimulant ‘Khat’ against the advice of ACMD (Advisory Council of the Misuse of Drugs). The product was the cause of family break-down and chronic liver disease.
  22. On July 07, 2013, May was successful in deporting the exiled Jordanian radical cleric, Abu Qatada. The legal battle had cost the nation £ 1.7 million.
  23. In August 2013, her office was widely criticized of an advertising campaign directed at illegal immigrants. The ad carried an image of person with handcuffs, asking him to go home or face arrest.
  24. Following David Cameron’s resignation, May was formally declared Leader of the Conservative Party on July 11, 2016 and was appointed Prime Minister by Queen Elizabeth II two days later.
  25. May made her first overseas trip as Prime Minister to Germany. During the visit she said that it will take time for UK to negotiate a sensible and orderly departure from European Union.
  26. On January 27, 2017, May was the first foreign leader to meet U.S President, Donald Trump and indicated an interest for increased mutual trade. She was criticized for not condemning Trump’s Executive Order 13769.
  27. She was supportive of selling arms to Saudi Arabia, who is accused of committing war crimes in Yemen. Close relation with Saudi Arabia keeps streets of Britain safe.
  28. May was diagnosed with diabetes mellitus of type 1 in 2012. She is administered insulin injection daily.
  29. She criticized media for focusing on her fashion rather than on her achievement as a politician. She is fond of distinctive shoes and has love for fashion.
  30. On May 18, 2017, she announced, that she would call for parliament vote to hold an early general election, after being frustrated by opposition to Brexit legislation in Parliament.
  31. May’s estimated worth is reported to be $3 million with an annual pay of $190,000.

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