Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP


Theresa May was appointed Home Secretary in May 2010. She is the Conservative MP for Maidenhead.


Theresa had a varied education, spanning both the state and private sectors and attending both grammar school and comprehensive school. She studied geography at St Hugh’s College, Oxford University.

Political career

Theresa has been involved in politics at all levels for many years, beginning by stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative association before going on to be a councillor in the London borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994. During her time at Merton, Theresa was Chair of Education from 1988 to 1990 and Deputy Group Leader and Housing Spokesperson from 1992 to 1994.

Theresa was elected MP for Maidenhead in May 1997, after which she held several shadow positions, including:

  • Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment 1999 to 2001
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions 2001 to 2002
  • Shadow Secretary of State for the Family 2004 to 2005
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport 2005
  • Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 2005 to 2009
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities 2010 to 2012

Career outside politics

After starting her career at the Bank of England, Theresa went on to the Association for Payment Clearing Services, firstly as Head of the European affairs unit from 1989 to 1996 and then as Senior Adviser on international affairs from 1996 to 1997.

Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for all Home Office business, including:

  • security and terrorism
  • legislative programme
  • expenditure issues

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

    • 2010 to 2012
  2. Minister for Women and Equalities

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. Home Secretary publishes Government response to Rotherham reports

    • 3 March 2015
    • News story
  2. Home Secretary announces investigation into collapsed police trial

    • 26 February 2015
    • News story
  3. Anti-money laundering taskforce unveiled

    • 25 February 2015
    • News story
  4. Home Secretary on the work of the Financial Sector Forum

    • 24 February 2015
    • Speech
  5. Inspector of Constabulary reappointed

    • 20 February 2015
    • News story
  6. Home Secretary speech at summit on countering extremism

    • 20 February 2015
    • Speech
  7. Home Secretary's Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust speech

    • 18 February 2015
    • Speech
  8. Home Secretary holds interfaith talks in east London

    • 13 February 2015
    • News story
  9. Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill receives Royal Assent

    • 12 February 2015
    • News story
  10. New Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration appointed

    • 10 February 2015
    • News story