Theresa May, born in Oxfordshire, has been widely documented as the daughter of a vicar. After graduating in geography from Oxford University she spent 20 years working in the city for the Bank of England and the Association for Payment Clearing Services, before turning her eye towards a political career in the early 1990s.
Having failed to win a parliamentary seat on two occasions, she finally became MP for Maidenhead in 1997, a role she holds to this day. She was very soon invited into the Tory fold, rising through the ranks to assume Shadow Cabinet positions in four different departments under William Hague, Iain Duncan-Smith, Michael Howard and David Cameron.
It was after the 2010 general election, when Cameron formed a coalition government with the Liberal Party that May’s career really took off. Appointed as the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality, she became the longest serving Home Secretary in 60 years.
This position came to an end after the 2016 EU Referendum when Cameron resigned as Prime Minister and an undisputed Tory leadership race meant May assumed the role as the head of the government in his place.
In an attempt to affirm her own personal mandate as Prime Minister, May called a surprise general election in June 2016, in the hope that she would strengthen her position while leading Britain’s exit from Europe. Unfortunately, her plan backfired and the Conservative Party lost their working majority in the House of Commons and had to negotiate a contract with the Democratic Unionist Party in order to govern.
Theresa May might have hoped, that as she confronts the weighty matters of the day, like Brexit, that she could count on her ministers to take care of business on the domestic front. However, the Northern Rail crisis is becoming a real béte…