6 Things You Didn't Know About Theresa May


The word ‘Brexit’ has dominated the news for what seems like an eternity, and at the epicenter of it lies Theresa May, ex Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. Love her or hate her, you can’t deny that she had enormously broad shoulders to cope with the sustained bombardment during her time in Downing Street. We look at some things you probably didn’t know about the Oxford graduate.


Parents tragically died within months of each other

 Theresa May was the only child of Zaidee and Hubert Brasier. Her father, a Church of England clergyman died in a car crash in 1981, with her mother passing away just a few months later from multiple sclerosis. May was just 25 years old.


She is diabetic

In 2012, Theresa May was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, but she insisted it would not affect her work. As a consequence she has to inject herself with insulin on a daily basis.


Went to Oxford University

May studied at St. Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. She graduated in 1977 with a second-class BA degree in Geography. Pat Frankland, a friend at University stated that she always had political ambitions said she always wanted to become Prime Minister 


Met her husband at a student Tory disco 

Theresa Brasier as she was then, was introduced to her future husband Philip May by their mutual friend, Benazir Bhutto. The pair married in 1980 and remain together. Tragically, Bhutto was assassinated in 2007 after serving 2 terms as Prime Minister of Pakistan.



One of the longest serving home secretaries, ever

Appointed in 2010 when David Cameron took office, May lasted more than 6 years in her role before becoming Prime Minister. Only Labour’s James Ede endured a longer stay (1945-51) by just 1 month.



She loves her shoes!

May’s love of shoes hasn’t gone unnoticed by the media, in fact it’s one of the first thing photographers focus on during a public appearance. May has stated she wishes the media would pay more attention to her political achievements, rather than her fashion.

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