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Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May

Profession: British Prime Minister

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: May served as Home Secretary in the government of David Cameron, becoming the longest serving person in that position for over 60 years. In this position she implemented several key policies, including the deportation of Abu Qatada, police reform and the creation of the National Crime Agency.

Following the fallout of the Brexit referendum in July 2016, which triggered Cameron's resignation, May won the Conservative Party leadership election unopposed. She thus became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the second woman to hold the position after Margaret Thatcher.

Her government initiated Brexit by triggering Article 50 and is in the process of negotiating the terms of departure. Her decision to call a snap general election in 2017 was disastrous for the Conservative Party, which lost its majority and was forced into a coalition arrangement.

Born: October 1, 1956
Birthplace: Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom
Age: 63 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Libra

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Married Life

  • 1980-09-06 81st Prime Minister of UK Theresa May (23) weds investment banker Philip May at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Wheatley, Oxfordshire

Events in the Life of Theresa May

  • 2016-06-30 British political candidates announce their bids for leader of Conservative party, including Theresa May and Michael Gove, Boris Johnson rules himself out
  • 2016-07-13 Theresa May is elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom by Conservative Party MPs
  • 2017-03-29 UK Prime Minister Theresa May sends a letter to the EU invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, formally triggering Brexit
  • 2017-06-08 British General Election results in a hung parliament, Prime Minster Theresa May and the Conservative party lose their majority
  • 2017-06-15 Scotland Yard launches criminal inquiry and British Prime Minister Theresa May announces a public inquiry a day after the Grenfell Tower fire
  • 2017-06-26 Theresa May's UK Conservative minority party strike deal to govern with Northern Ireland's DUP with guarantee of 1 billion funding
  • 2017-10-04 English PM Theresa May suffers nightmare speech at Conservative National Conference as her voice fails, pranster interupts and set collapses
  • 2017-12-13 Prime Minister Theresa May's UK Conservative government loses key vote in Parliament for an amendment to allow MPs to vote on Brexit
  • 2018-03-12 British Prime Minister Theresa May says Russia was "highly likely" to have poisoned a Russian spy and his daughter on March 4 with nerve agent
  • 2018-07-08 British Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns in a stand against Theresa May's new softer Brexit policy
  • 2018-07-09 UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigns after Theresa May takes a softer Brexit stance
  • 2018-09-05 UK Prime Minister Theresa May confirms in parliament two Russian military intelligence officers undertook novichok nerve agent attack, prompts international condemnation
  • 2018-09-20 EU leaders, including Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron, criticize Theresa May's Brexit plan at a summit in Salzburg, Austria
  • 2018-11-14 UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet approves draft plan for country's exit from the European Union (Brexit)
  • 2018-12-04 Theresa May's UK government suffers three parliamentary defeats in one day, also found in contempt of parliament for failing to publish report in full on Brexit
  • 2018-12-10 Theresa May cancels UK parliament vote on Brexit bill in face of certain defeat
  • 2018-12-12 British Prime Minister Theresa May survives 200-117 no-confidence vote from own Conservative Party
  • 2019-01-15 Theresa May's Brexit deal with the EU is rejected by UK parliament 432 votes to 202, largest parliamentary defeat in its democratic era
  • 2019-01-16 UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins vote of no confidence in her government 325 to 306
  • 2019-03-12 Theresa May's British government suffers a second defeat on a Brexit deal with the EU, 391 votes to 242
  • 2019-03-18 UK Speaker of the House John Bercow rules a third vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal is not possible without new changes

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