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. 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 Honorable Privy Council in 2002.Theresa Mary May ( 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 characterized as a liberal conservative.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 also 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 country in an all-female contest with Andrea Leadsome. The result will be announced on 2 September 2016.