Theresa May

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Theresa May

Theresa May MP is the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and leader of the Conservative Party, having succeeded David Cameron following his resignation in 2016. May had previously served as Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equality for six years. [1]

She stepped down as PM in July 2019 under pressure from her party over the handling of Brexit.

May has been the Conservative MP for Maidenhead since 1997 and in 2015 won with 65.8 percent of the vote.[2]

Special Advisers

As of October 2017:



The Policy Unit in No.10:

Government relations:



As of Dec 2016

Nick Timothy | Fiona Hill | John Godfrey | Katie Perrior | Chris Wilkins | Joanna Penn | Douglas McNeill | Neil O’Brien | Denzil Davidson | Chris Brannigan | Richard Jackson | Lizzie Loudon | Tom Swarbrick | Alex Dawson | Georgia Berry | Alex Burghart | Will Tanner | Liz Sanderson | Sheridan Westlake | Jonathan Hellewell | Charlotte Lawson | James McLoughlin | Nick Hargrave | Jessica Cunniffe | Ben Mascall | Edward de Minckwitz | Keelan Carr | Tim Smith | Jonathan Stock | Richard Chew | Elizabeth Hodgkinson | James Johnson


In September 2009, May received £1,200.00 from Australian businessman Michael Hintze.[3]

Dinner with lobbyists

Summer ball 2013

Details of the attendees and seating plans of the Conservative's 2013 summer ball, an event where tickets cost up to £12,000 each and allows attendees to sit at the table with ministers, were leaked by the Guardian. It revealed that May sat with Lord de la Warr, director of Cluff Natural Resources, who are exploring coal gasification in Warwickshire and Wafic Said, a Syrian-Saudi businessman who helped broker the al-Yamamah arms deal.[4]

Black and White ball 2015

On the 9 February 2015, May attended the Conservative Party's 'Black and White ball' election fundraiser at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. The event was attended by almost the entire Cabinet, Boris Johnson and George Osborne did not attend due to the G20 event, and by party donors including; hedge fund boss Stanley Fink (Lord Fink), who wants Britain to rival offshore tax havens with an equally generous tax regime; founder of Lycamobile, who paid no corporation tax between 2007 and 2014 despite generating millions in revenue, Subaskaran Allirajah; jewellery tycoon Ranbir Singh Suri and lap dancing club owner Peter Stringfellow.

One Tory donor told the Guardian he had been told if he bought a 'premium table at the event for £15,000 he would expect the company of a cabinet minister' and if 'he paid £5,000 for a standard table, he would expect a junior minister'.

As a further way of raising money at the event, the Party sold one-off prizes. These included, shoe shopping with May, a meal at the Carlton Club with Sajid Javid, dinner at home with Michael Gove and a session of jogging with Nicky Morgan.[5]

A full list of prizes available at the event is available here.


On becoming home secretary it was widely reported in the media that May had been educated at a comprehensive school.[6][7] In 2007 Peter Hitchens disputed this claim:

Now, here's the interesting thing. Mrs May joined Holton Grammar at the age of 13 (later than the usual 11) from a private school, in 1969. She then had about two years of grammar school education. And she completed her schooling at a new comprehensive, successfully enough to win a place at St Hugh's, then a women-only college at Oxford. But in 'Dod's Parliamentary Companion', the more detailed 'Who's Who' for MPs, she sums up her secondary schooling as 'Educated at Wheatley Park Comprehensive School'. As you see, it's a lot more complicated than that. And I don't think she needed to use the word 'comprehensive' when describing her school.[8]






  1. 'Who's in and Who's Out? May's new cabinet', 14 July 2016, BBC News, accessed 15 July 2016
  2. BBC News Maidenhead, accessed 11 May 2015.
  3. Electoral Commission, Donation search, accessed 2 March 2015
  4. Robert Booth, Nick Mathiason, Luke Harding and Melanie Newman Tory summer party drew super-rich supporters with a total wealth of £11bn The Guardian, 3 July 2014, accessed 14 October 2014
  5. Rajeev Syal and Rowena Mason Conservative donors pay up to £15,000 for table at election fundraiser The Guardian, 9 February 2015, accessed 11 February 2015
  6. BBC News, Cameron coalition: Theresa May made home secretary, BBC News, 13-May-2010, Accessed 13-May-2010
  7. PA, Theresa May flies the flag for women in Government, The Independent, 12-May-2010
  8. Peter Hitchens, Lessons in Grammar, Daily Mail, 22-May-2007, Accessed 13-May-2010