Prime Minister Theresa May
This article published at The BIP online 18th July 2016
On Wednesday 13th July, it was announced that Britain’s new Prime Minister is former Home Secretary, Right Honourable Theresa May. Thursday saw her unveil appointed members of the cabinet.
Some appointments have been seen as somewhat controversial and include: Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary); Philip Hammond (Chancellor of the Exchequer); Damian Green (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions); Justine Greening (Secretary of State for Education); Liam Fox (Secretary of State for International Trade); Amber Rudd (Home Secretary); David Davis (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union); and Gavin Williamson (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury). Special advisers include May’s close friend and confidante, Fiona Hill, who joins Nick Timothy as Joint Chiefs of Staff.
59 year old Theresa May attended both grammar and comprehensive schools, and studied Geography at Hugh’s College, Oxford. She has been MP for Maidenhead since 1997, and held a number of shadow positions before David Cameron appointed her Home Secretary in 2010.
In her personal life, May has been married to husband, Philip, a banker for Capital Group, for more than 35 years. According to Heavy.com, the pair were introduced by Benazir Bhutto at a Conservative Party dance. The couple have no children but this has been a sensitive topic, and something they do not like to go into. Angela Leadsom, appointed by May as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, apologised for comments suggesting that having children would make her a better candidate for PM.
In a statement from Downing Street, Rt. Hon. May said of her plans for government:
“If you’re one of those families, if you’re just managing, I want to address you directly.
I know you’re working around the clock, I know you’re doing your best, and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle. The government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few, but by yours.”
May’s first task as PM is to meet with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon today (Friday 15th July). This will involve talks on the future of the EU and the protection of Scotland’s interests in the matter.