Theresa May

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Theresa May
Theresa May UK.jpg
76th Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Term of office
July 13, 2016 - present
Political party Conservative Party
Preceded by David Cameron
Born October 1, 1956
Eastbourne
Spouse Philip May
Religion Anglican

Theresa May (born October 1, 1956) is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party. She became Prime Minister without having led her party to victory in a general election, an unusual occurrence. Instead, she won the Conservative Party leadership contest triggered by David Cameron's resignation in the aftermath of his defeat in the Brexit referendum. [1] From 2010 until becoming Prime Minister she served as the Home Secretary.

Early life

She was born in Eastbourne, Sussex, the only child of Zaidee Mary and Hubert Brasier.

Premiership

In March 2017, after a deadly major Islamic terrorist attack in Westminster, May refused to admit that the attack was actually Islamist terrorism and called Islam a "great faith" — overlooking key facts about Islam.[2]

May officially initiated Brexit on March 29, 2017, when she triggered Article 50 and begun the two-year negotiations process to withdraw from the European Union. [3][4]

2017 general election

For the election results, see House of Commons (UK). Due to several blunders made during the campaign,[5][6] May's Conservative Party lost seats in a snap election she chose to hold in order to gain power, resulting in a hung parliament.[7] As the Conservative Party remained the party with the most seats, May decided to seek a governing agreement with the right-wing, socially conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).[8][9]

Political positions

Former United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage noted in 2017 that May had adopted the exact same political positions as he had a few years earlier.[10] In her 2017 campaign manifesto, May and the Conservative Party adopted some of UKIP's EU and immigration policies.[11][12] However, the manifesto also called for some forms of government expansion and additional social spending,[12][13] and the manifesto contained several worrisome pledges for conservatives and proponents of Brexit.[14] Additionally, the manifesto rejected individualism and "untrammeled free markets", and May rejected statements that she was like former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher or that she would "drift to the Right."[15] Former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne wrote an editorial at the time of the manifesto's release stating that Conservative Party leadership never intended to keep its current and previous immigration reduction promises.[16]

Issues on homosexuality

In the past, Theresa May voted against equalising the age of consent for same-sex interactions, voted twice against permitting homosexual couples to jointly adopt children, and voted against a bill that would repeal Section 28, an education regulation that forbid teachers to speak about homosexuality at all unless it was related to STDs.[17] However, she supported the introduction of same-sex "marriage" in the United Kingdom during the premiership of David Cameron.[18]

Climate change

Shortly after becoming Prime Minister, May abolished a climate change agency.[19]

May and religion

To the dismay of many secularists, and causing much controversy in the United Kingdom, May said that "God helps me make many difficult decisions", particularly relating to Brexit.[20]

Law and order

May's Investigatory Powers Act was signed into law in December 2016, which requires all internet service providers (ISPs) to store every IP's internet history in the United Kingdom. This information can then be accessed via warrants issued by a special Investigatory Powers Commissioner or the courts.[21][22]

See also

References

  1. Tory leadership contest: How Theresa May's victory over Andrea Leadsom unfolded, The Telegraph, July 11, 2016
  2. Deacon, Liam (March 23, 2017). Theresa May says ‘Islamist’ Westminster Attack ‘Not Islamic’. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  3. Suarez Sang, Lucia I. (March 29, 2017). Brexit triggered: UK prime minister sends letter to European Union to begin divorce. Fox News. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  4. TRIGGERED: Britain Invokes Article 50 to Begin Brexit Process. Breitbart News. March 29, 2017. Retrieved March 29, 2017.
  5. Barone, Michael (June 9, 2017). Barone: Breaking down Theresa May's disastrous night. Washington Examiner. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. Dickson, Annabelle (June 9, 2017). 8 election blunders that cost Theresa May her majority. Politico. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. UK election: Theresa May to ask queen permission to form government despite losing majority. Fox News. June 9, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  8. Kassam, Raheem (June 9, 2017). The Silver Lining? A Tory-DUP Alliance Will Remind the Tories What Conservatism Is Supposed to Look Like. Breitbart News. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  9. Horton, Helena (June 9, 2017). 7 things you didn't know about the DUP. The Telegraph. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  10. Merrick, Rob (May 7, 2017). Nigel Farage says Theresa May is winning because she has stolen all his policies. The Independent. Retrieved May 7, 2017.
  11. Montgomery, Jack (May 18, 2017). Theresa May Launches Conservative Manifesto: Pledge to Leave EU Single Market, Elderly Care Cost Raid. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Rayner, Gordon (May 18, 2017). Conservative manifesto for General Election 2017: Key points, policies and summary. The Telegraph. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  13. Edmunds, Donna Rachel (May 18, 2017). Conservatives’ Social Policy is ‘Biggest Stealth Tax in History’. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  14. Edmunds, Donna Rachel (May 18, 2017). Top 7 Conservative Manifesto Pledges to Worry Brexiteers. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
  15. Hughes, Laura (May 18, 2017). Theresa May rejects Margaret Thatcher comparisons and says her government 'will not drift to the right'. The Telegraph. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  16. Montgomery, Jack (May 17, 2017). Osborne Boasts Tories Never Intended to Keep Immigration Promises in Shock Editorial. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  17. https://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/10426/theresa_may/maidenhead/divisions?policy=826
  18. Theresa May used Europe to push through gay marriage, The Telegraph, July 16, 2016
  19. New British PM kills climate change agency, Washington Examiner, July 15, 2016
  20. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/27/theresa-may-says-christian-faith-helps-make-difficult-decisions/
  21. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/19/extreme-surveillance-becomes-uk-law-with-barely-a-whimper
  22. http://www.fintech.finance/01-news/using-the-internet-against-you/