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Theresa May

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Theresa Mary May (née Brasier; born 1 October 1956) is a British politician who has been the Home Secretary since 2010, and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Maidenhead since 1997. A member of the Conservative Party, May identifies as a One-Nation Conservative and has been characterised as a liberal conservative.

Born in Eastbourne, Sussex, May studied geography at St Hugh's College, Oxford. From 1977 to 1983, May worked at the Bank of England, and from 1985 to 1997 at the Association for Payment Clearing Services, also serving as a councillor for the London Borough of Merton's Durnsford Ward.[3] After unsuccessful attempts to get elected to the House of Commons in 1992 and 1994, she was elected MP for Maidenhead in the 1997 general election. She went on to be appointed Chairman of the Conservative Party and be sworn of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council in 2002.

She served in a number of roles in the Shadow Cabinets of William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Howard, and David Cameron, including Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, before being appointed Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities in 2010, giving up the latter role in 2012. In June 2016, May announced her candidacy for the Conservative party leadership election and quickly emerged as the front-runner. She won the first ballot on 5 July 2016 by a significant margin over the other candidates, receiving a full 50% of the votes. On 7 July, May won the votes of 199 MPs; she now faces the vote of Conservative Party members across the United Kingdom in an all-female contest with Andrea Leadsom.[4] The result will be announced on 9 September 2016.

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Theresa May’s director of strategy has become the latest member of her senior team to quit, leaving the premier without the authors of her Brexit vision at a critical time in negotiations with the European Union.

Chris Wilkins will leave his post inside May’s office in 10 Downing Street at the end of this week, he said by telephone on Wednesday. Since the election, May’s been hit by a string of resignations in policy, strategy and communications. As well as leaving the prime minister short of advisers that she knows and trusts at a vital moment, the departures suggest that staff see little future in the job.

“It’s not quite rats deserting a sinking ship, but it does indicate that people feel things can’t go on as they have been going,” said Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary, University of London. “There needs to be some kind of reinvigoration, but this does indicate that some people feel that can’t be done.”

The departure means that May has lost both her top strategists in the wake of last month’s general election. Nick Timothy, her co-chief of staff, quit the day after May’s Conservatives were stripped of their parliamentary majority in the poll. He and Wilkins wrote the Brexit speech in January in which she set out her plan to take the U.K. out of the single market and customs union.

Time Running Out
Britain has less than two years to negotiate Brexit, with large questions about what it even wants a deal to look like still unanswered. Last week May held her first formal meeting with business leaders to discuss that question. This week the Home Office announced a study into the impact that migrant workers have on the economy.

As well as Wilkins and Timothy, May’s other chief of staff, Fiona Hill, quit in the immediate wake of the election. Katie Perrior, who resigned as May’s communications chief when the election was called, has made a string of public attacks on the way May’s office was run.

Wilkins, who informed May of his decision last week, before she went on vacation, said he intends to work in the private sector as a communications consultant.

“I always planned to leave but agreed to stay on after the election until the summer, and will be leaving at the end of the week,” Wilkins said. “I continue to support the prime minister and wish her and the team well for the future.”

Disastrous Result
He was said to have been dismayed by the disastrous result for May’s party in last month’s election, and in particular the way the Conservative Party’s campaign was run, according to two people familiar with his thinking. 

Wilkins worked as the premier’s chief speech writer, a role in which he helped shape her vision of reforming the U.K. economy to prioritize the needs of ordinary working people who had been overlooked in the past. Alongside Timothy, Wilkins believed May should have fought the general election as a candidate who would radically change Britain.

Instead, Wilkins was said to have been frustrated that the election consultant Lynton Crosby ordered May to campaign on the promise of providing “strong and stable leadership,” a message that allowed her to be portrayed as the establishment candidate, the people said.

on July 27, 2017

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Theresa May has the lowest satisfaction rating ever recorded for a Prime Minister in the month after an election, according to a new poll. Jeremy Corbyn overtook Ms May for the first time, according to an Ipsos Mori survey for the London Evening Standard.

Just 34 per cent of adults said they were satisfied with Ms May, while 59 per cent said they were dissatisfied.

on July 21, 2017

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Theresa May is withholding a Home Office report on foreign funding of British terrorist organizations because exposing the truth could sour relations with the UK’s major trading and security partner, Saudi Arabia.

The report, commissioned to investigate foreign states funding extremist groups in the UK, has yet to be made public despite being completed six months ago. The government’s reluctance to share it has left many concerned about how ethical Britain’s ongoing diplomatic relationship with the Gulf kingdom is.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas branded the delay “astonishing.”

“The government is sitting on this report but refusing to publish it or give any reason for their continued secrecy,” the Brighton Pavilion MP said in a statement.

To defeat terror it’s vital that politicians have full view of the facts, even if they are inconvenient for the government.”

She added that the secrecy surrounding the report “leaves question marks over whether their decision is influenced by our diplomatic ties.”

Home Office sources insist that, although the report does mention Saudi Arabia, the Gulf theocracy is not its main subject.

Prime Minister May has always made clear that Britain’s relationship with the Saudis lies at the core of her diplomatic agenda. She visited Riyadh to discuss strengthening trade ties mere days after triggering the Brexit process.

The report, which was commissioned by May’s predecessor, David Cameron, was due to be submitted by Easter last year. It was originally meant to study the origins and extent of funding received by British extremist groups that involve international forces.

Responding to parliamentary questions on the document and its delays, May argued that “ministers are considering advice on what is able to be published and will report to parliament with an update in due course.”

It is believed some government insiders think the material is too sensitive to be made public.

On Monday evening, outgoing Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “The government are covering up this report. It’s a scandal that this is sitting in Downing Street gathering dust. What has the prime minister got to hide?

“I believe this report will be deeply critical of Saudi and that is why it is being hidden from the public. The government seems too desperate to keep Saudi Arabia happy rather than stand up to them."

Other party leaders, Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party and Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party (SNP), have also urged Downing Street to make the findings public.

Green Party leader Lucas said, in the light of the London Bridge and Manchester Arena attacks, the public was “quite rightly asking questions about routes to radicalization, and the funding of terror is central to this.

“I urge Theresa May to reveal immediately whose advice they are following as to whether or not to publish this report, and to do all they can to put the facts into the public domain if it is safe to do so,” she said.”

In response, Home Office minister Sarah Newton said: “The review has improved the government’s understanding of the nature, scale and sources of funding for Islamist extremism in the UK. Publication of the review is a decision for the prime minister.”

on July 5, 2017

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has responded to last night’s attack in central London in part by calling for tighter controls on online communication. Her words have outraged some technologists who say that the proposal is both unacceptable and at fundamental odds with the spirit of the Internet.

"We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed," May said. "Yet that is precisely what the Internet, and the big companies that provide Internet-based services, provide. We need to work with allied democratic governments to reach international agreements that regulate cyberspace to prevent the spread of extremist and terrorism planning. And we need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online."

She added: "We need to deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online."

The comments continue a string of anti-privacy declarations from May’s Conservative government including calls in March for a so-called backdoor to the WhatsApp secure messaging service and major increases in Internet control. May was a sponsor of the Investigatory Powers Act that gave the U.K. government broad surveillance powers.

on June 6, 2017

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The government is going to use an existential threat to increase control, and in this case control over the Internet.

The U.K. government prevents its citizens from owning firearms and knives. It has set up one of the largest surveillance systems in existence. But somehow terrorism is still happening. Increased government control over the Internet should fix it!

on June 6, 2017

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New international agreements should be introduced to regulate the internet in the light of the London Bridge terror attack, Theresa May has said.

The Prime Minister said introducing new rules for cyberspace would “deprive the extremists of their safe spaces online” and that technology firms were not currently doing enough.

The Prime Minister made the comments outside Downing Street on Sunday morning in the aftermath of the van and knife attack that saw seven people killed and dozens injured. 

on June 6, 2017

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The attack on London Bridge shows there is “far too much tolerance” of Islamist extremism in Britain today, Theresa May has said. 

The Prime Minister made the comments outside Downing Street on Sunday morning in the aftermath of the van and knife attack that saw seven people killed and dozens injured.

She said rooting out terror would require “some difficult and often embarrassing conversations”.

on June 6, 2017

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Charities are reportedly being “gagged” by the Government from speaking out about “damaging” social care plans. 

A chief executive of a major charity told the Guardian they felt “muzzled” by legislation passed in 2014, which prevents charities from lobbying the Government in the run-up to an election. 

The charity leader warned Theresa May’s decision to means test the winter fuel allowance could “literally cost lives”, as some of the poorest pensioners in the country lose support. 

on May 31, 2017

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Those of you who follow Theresa May on Twitter will have seen that this Sunday she paid a visit to Jesus House, a religious organisation based in Brent Cross, North London.

Jesus House too, understandably proud of their visit from the PM and eager to highlight the relationship, head up their own Twitter page with a pinned tweet highlighting the visit with a selection of very glossy press photographs of their own, featuring a smiling Prime Minister alongside Pastor Agu Irukwu.

With less than a fortnight to go till polling day, it is natural that Theresa May and her team are reaching out to all sorts of communities. With Labour continuing to gain ground and a Conservative landslide looking less and less likely, I suppose a "lively growing church" (while by no means my idea of a fun day out!) could be the perfect place to focus such efforts.

on May 31, 2017
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