Theresa May was Prime Minister from 13 July 2016 to 24 July 2019. She served as Home Secretary from May 2010 until July 2016. She was elected Conservative MP for Maidenhead in May 1997.
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.
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
Theresa served as Home Secretary from May 2010 until July 2016.
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.