Theresa May, Prime Minister
Education: Heythrop Primary School (State School), St. Juliana’s Convent School for Girls, Holton Park Girls’ Grammar School and St. Hugh’s College Oxford.
Her father was a Church of England clergyman and later a Vicar. He died in a car accident in 1981and her mother of multiple sclerosis the following year. They never saw her elected to Parliament.
Best quotes from conference:
“We have had disagreements in this Party about Britain’s membership of the EU for a long time. So, it is no surprise that we have had a range of different views expressed this week. But my job as Prime Minister is to do what I believe to be in the national interest. And that means two things.
First, honouring the result of the referendum. MPs asked the British people to take this decision. We put our faith in their judgement. They have put their faith in us to deliver. I will not let them down.
And secondly, to seek a good trading and security relationship with our neighbours after we have left. They are our close friends and allies, and we should ensure it stays that way. That’s what I said at Lancaster House.
It’s what we promised in our manifesto. And it’s what I’ve worked day and night for the last two years to achieve”.
“I have treated the EU with nothing but respect. The UK expects the same”.
“And there are plenty of prominent people in British politics – in Parliament and out of it – who want to stop Brexit in its tracks. Their latest plan is to hold a second referendum. They call it a ‘People’s Vote’. But we had the people’s vote. The people voted to leave. A second referendum would be a “politicians’ vote”: politicians telling people they got it wrong the first time and should try again.
Think for a moment what it would do to faith in our democracy if – having asked the people of this country to take this decision – politicians tried to overturn it. Those of us who do respect the result – whichever side of the question we stood on two years ago – need to come together now.
If we don’t – if we all go off in different directions in pursuit of our own visions of the perfect Brexit – we risk ending up with no Brexit at all”.