Theresa May to be next British PM: Seven things you should know about her

By: | Published: July 12, 2016 11:25 AM

May (59) has been lauded for being "a strong woman", a figure that may bring in stability in the wake of chaos. As the Brexit crisis looms large, there are, however, apprehensions about her capability, with some suggesting she may have been "set up for the fall."

Theresa May will become UK's next PM. (Reuters)Theresa May will become UK’s next PM. (Reuters)

Conservative Party leader Theresa May is all set to become UK’s new Prime Minister. On her shoulders lie the responsibility of mitigating a crisis that has set upon the country in the wake of historic Brexit poll.

May (59) has been lauded for being “a strong woman”, a figure that may bring in stability in the wake of chaos. As the Brexit crisis looms large, there are, however, apprehensions about her capability, with some suggesting she may have been “set up for the fall.”

The entire UK would be hoping that the “stealy, steady” woman, May has been referred to as, would prove as worthy as Britain’s first woman PM Maraget Thatcher.

But before that here are seven things that you need to know about her

UK’s second woman PM

Theresa May would be the second woman to become Britain’s PM after the illustrious Margaret Thatcher, much known for “Thacherism”, an economic philosophy that represents a belief in free markets and small state.

Favoured remaining with the EU

Theresa May favoured remaining within the European Union, before the frenzy of pulling out gripped the majority of British people. “Remaining inside the European Union does make us more secure, it does make us more prosperous and it does make us more influential beyond our shores,” she had said before the Brexit poll.

One of the most experienced members of the government

Theresa May is one of the most experienced members of the UK government.
The daughter of a Church of England vicar, May studied geography at Oxford University, joining the Bank of England after her studies. She worked as a financial consultant at the Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) before becoming a lawmaker for Maidenhead, west of London, in 1997.

She became chairman of the Conservative Party in 2002, famously telling supporters at its conference that year that people saw them as “the nasty party”.

She has been Home Secretary (interior minister) since 2010. By next month she will have held the job, one of the toughest in British politics, for longer than anyone else for a century.

Not a showy politician

When she announced her bid to become the PM in June, Theresa May claimed she was not a “showy politicial.” “I don’t tour the television studios. I don’t gossip about people over lunch. I don’t go drinking in parliament’s bars. I don’t often wear my heart on my sleeve. I just get on with the job in front of me,” she had said.

Owns 100 cookery books

A type One diabetes patient, May needs insulin injections several times a day. She describes herself as a practising Christian and says she owns over 100 cookery books.

Praised by Opposition

May, who has been Home Secretary, or interior minister, since 2010, has won plaudits from other party members while in the job. She has pushed through measures including reforms of the police and moves to tackle modern slavery.

A ‘Stakhanovite’

In historical terms, according to the online free dictionary, Stakhanovism stood for a system designed to raise production by offering incentives to efficient workers in the former Soviet Union. A Stakhanovite movement took its name from Aleksei Grigorievich Stakhanov, who had mined 102 tons of coal in less than 6 hours (14 times his quota) on 31 August 1935, (according to wikipedia).

About May’s performance while working as a junior minister in her department, Conservative lawmaker Damian Green had told Reuters, “She was completely Stakhanovite in work … she was very organised but also she had clear priorities. She had a very clear sense of long-term direction as well as the capacity to do the detail.”

(With Reuters inputs)

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