Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


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Nuggets on May

Some trivia about Theresa May

-- At 59, she is the oldest new prime minister since Jim Callaghan, 64, in 1976.

-- She has the shortest surname of any prime minister since Andrew Bonar Law, who held the post for 211 days in 1923.

-- She is the first childless PM since Edward Heath

-- She is one of three recent prime ministers whose fathers were preachers: Gordon Brown is the son of a Church of Scotland minister and Lady Thatcher's father was a Methodist preacher as well as shopkeeper. In spite of her father being a Church of England vicar, Theresa May at one point attended a convent school

-- Like Lady Thatcher, May suffered a by-election failure before securing a safe Conservative seat. While Thatcher failed to secure the Tory candidacy, however, Theresa fought the Barking by-election of 1994, but saw the Conservative share of the vote plunge to 10.4% from 33.9% in 1992.

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