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Theresa May emerges to speak to reporters after being confirmed as the leader of the Conservative Party and Britain’s next Prime Minister outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, central London, July 11, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Theresa May is expected to be appointed as the new British Prime Minister. Her supporters say that she is the best to lead the country in the post-Brexit phase. But most of British people don’t know much about her.

So, who is she? May, is the daughter of a priest in the Church of England and has become one of the most experienced members of the British cabinet. She studied geography in Oxford University, and worked at the central bank after her graduation. Later, May worked as a financial consultant in a clearing payments foundation before she became a MP for Maidenhead since 1997.

The latter was selected for the presidency of the conservative party in 2002 and was appointed as the minister of interior since 2010. When she announced her candidature for the prime minister position, she said that she isn’t a spotlight-fan, she appears in few interviews , don’t communicate with people on lunch, and don’t drink alcohol in the parliament’s bars…she only do her work.

Personal Life

The majority of the British people don’t know that their expected prime minister suffers from diabetes type 1 and needs many insulin injections per day. May describes herself as a committed Christian, and possesses more than a hundred cooking books. She also admits that she prefers to maintain the privacy of her personal life.

She said she has no children, accepted this fact, and moved on in her life. She considered that despite this condition, she can still show compassion and offer chances.

May is one of those who raise question marks on the European project. Yet, with the beginning of 2016, she preferred to stay loyal to former Prime Minister David Cameron, and she joined his line in defending the membership in EU. However, she didn’t do her best to serve this position and kept talking about the importance of putting an end the refugees’ flow, which made her closer to the camp of Brexit supporters.

Theresa May, the skinny blond is closer to the right-wing conservative movement in the party despite her proposal for some social projects to attract supporters. In her position as a minister of interior since 2010, she adopted a very strict plan in dealing with outlaws, discrete expats, or Islamic preachers.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the expected prime minister can be very strict, and some people consider her as a new Margaret Thatcher. Yet, apparently, she is closer to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as they both are daughters of priests, conservatives, pragmatic, open on compromises, and have no children.