Theresa grew up in St John’s Wood before going on to university in Bristol, where she achieved a first in law, and then Oxford, where she attained a BCL. A former barrister, she was a lecturer at King’s College London when the London Conservatives chose her to top the list of their candidates for the European Election in 1999.
Representing the capital for 6 years as a euro-sceptic MEP, throughout her time in Brussels, Theresa was a determined opponent of Britain’s entry into the Euro, the European Constitution and other attempts to expand the powers of the EU.
In 2005, Theresa was elected to the House of Commons as MP for Chipping Barnet. She lives in Arkley in her constituency and works hard on local campaigns such as protecting the Green Belt and fighting for more police on the street in Barnet. She also campaigned strongly against the Government’s plans to close several local Post Offices and the A&E Department of Chase Farm hospital.
In December 2005, after just 7 months in parliament, David Cameron appointed Theresa to his Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. As well as working with George Osborne on Conservative economic policy, Theresa led the Opposition scrutiny of the Finance Bills in 2006 and 2007 – this process is a notoriously complex and difficult task but Theresa was able to gain vital concessions from the Government which have saved British taxpayers millions of pounds. At David Cameron’s first reshuffle in July 2007, she gained further promotion and was given her own portfolio – transport.
Theresa spends much of her time travelling round the country by public transport to meet people to discuss their concerns, helping her to identify the numerous different ways in which transport in Britain could be improved for the benefit of families, commuters and businesses.
MEP for London, 1999 - 2005
Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, 2001 - 2002
MP for Chipping Barnet, May 2005 -
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Dec 2005 - July 2007
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, July 2007 - May 2010
Minister for Transport, May 2010 - Sept 2012
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Sept 2012 -
PROUDEST POLITICAL ACHIEVEMENT:
Shaping the Conservative Party's views on Heathrow expansion and bringing it within the coalition opposing a third runway.