Theresa May Becomes PM
So, we get a new Prime Minister today. David Cameron will move out of 10 Downing Street to be replaced by Theresa May, who’ll become the country’s second female Prime Minister after Margaret Thatcher!
Cameron announced he was stepping down following the EU Referendum result, and May was the last remaining contender for the top job after Andrea Leadsom's withdrawal from the contest on Monday.
If you’re anything like us, you’re probably wondering what Theresa May’s stance is on big issues such as education, immigration and work, so here’s a quick rundown we’ve put together from a report in The Guardian to help you:
Education: May is a strong supporter of Michael Gove’s free schools initiative for bodies outside of local authority control, such as educational charities, philanthropists, and groups of parents, to set up new schools in the state sector. She also voted to raise the university tuition fees cap in 2010.
Immigration: She did not herself propose the target of reducing net migration to tens of thousands, but she has repeatedly committed herself to trying to meet it.
Human rights: During the EU referendum, May hinted that Britain should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights regardless of the referendum result, believing it adds nothing to our prosperity and makes us less secure.
Woman and equality: May voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, pushed for more action on domestic violence and spoke about equality of opportunity during her Conservative leadership speech.
Business and workers’ rights: May has pledged to give workers a place on company boards and for the annual shareholder vote on executive pay to become binding, not advisory.
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