Magazine article New Internationalist

Theresa May

Magazine article New Internationalist

Theresa May

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May got the job nobody in Britain's Conservative Party seemed to want - at least nobody in their right mind - after David Cameron's disastrous fumble of the Brexit referendum. Several contenders - Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom (all pro-Brexiteers trying to cash in on the anti-Europe momentum) - got a less-than-enthusiastic reception from those controlling the Tory levers of power. May's default victory leaves her in the unenviable position of presiding over departure from an angry European Union; a position supported neither by Conservative grandees nor by most of London's powerful financial elite.

May has been an MP since 1992 and was Home Secretary from 2010. Her distinctly mixed record included getting rid of unpopular Blairite social engineering measures (mandatory identity cards and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders) but supporting anti-democratic moves to buttress police powers, restrict dissent and curb immigration. …

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