Theresa May is the Home Secretary and minister for women and equality. She has overall responsibility for all Home Office business including security and terrorism, the legislative programme and expenditure issues.
Having worked in the City before becoming an MP, Theresa has experience of life outside Westminster. She started her career at the Bank of England, and went on to hold posts at the Association for Payment Clearing.
Theresa has been involved in politics at all levels for many years. She was a councillor in the London borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994.
Theresa was elected Member of Parliament for Maidenhead in May 1997. She lives in the constituency and is an active local campaigner. She has been a keen advocate of positive action to recruit more women Conservatives to winnable seats and was a key architect of the 'A list' of preferred candidates.
Shadow Cabinet posts
Theresa has held several positions within Parliament since 1997 and was a member of the shadow Cabinet from 1999 to May 2010.
Her roles in the shadow Cabinet have included secretary of state for education and employment, secretary of state for transport, local government and the regions, and secretary of state for the family (culture, media and sport), and shadow leader of the House of Commons (2005-09). From 2002 to 2003, she was the first woman chairman of the Conservative Party.
Prior to her appointment to the Cabinet, she was the shadow secretary of state for work and pensions (since 2009) and the shadow minister for women (since 2007).
The Home Secretary is patron of several organisations, including:
- Alexander Devine Children's Hospice
- National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
- Electric Eels, a swimming club for children with Down Syndrome
- Mission Direct
- Maidenhead Festival of Music and Dance
- Friends of St Andrew's Church (Sonning)
- Pink Shoe Club, a network that celebrates the successes of women across the globe
The minister is a trustee of Maidenhead Civic Society and helps out at a swimming group for disabled children at her local church.
She also spends time as a steward for Maidenhead athletic club.