Theresa May is to be the UK’s new prime minister, after just 199 people voted for her.
Conservative Party members were excluded from the opportunity to vote when Andrea Leadsom withdrew from the leadership contest yesterday (July 11).
The result pushes critics of Labour – whose 515,000 members will vote on a challenge to leader Jeremy Corbyn shortly – into a corner.
And is anybody even aware of her policies? RT.com has tried to help with that:
In her pitch to Conservative members on Monday, May, who maintained a low profile during the EU referendum campaign but was a “reluctant Remain” supporter, ruled out a second EU vote.
“I couldn’t be clearer. Brexit means Brexit. And we’re going to make a success of it,” she said.
May is notorious for her tough stance on immigration. Her work in Westminster has largely consisted of tightening immigration controls and refusing to welcome larger numbers of refugees into Britain.
She has fought, but failed, to cut immigration since 2010.
May’s Investigatory Powers Bill, which is also known as the snoopers’ charter, has drawn outrage from privacy campaigners who warn the law would make the UK one of the most draconian surveillance operators of any democracy.
The bill, which is currently under review in the House of Lords, would allow for the storage of internet browsing records for 12 months and authorize the bulk collection of personal data.
The home secretary is a supporter of withdrawing Britain from the European Convention on Human Rights, and has repeatedly criticized human rights legislation for limiting the powers of government.
In 2013, May voted against a law that would have made it illegal for people to discriminate on the basis of caste.
She has voted consistently for going to war in Iraq, as well as the deployment of UK troops in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan.
Since 2010, she has voted against calling on the government to get more people into work, against introducing a compulsory jobs guarantee, curbing payday lenders and against banking reforms.
She has voted against creating more jobs for young people funded by bank bonuses, and the building of 100,000 affordable homes in 2013.
May has consistently voted to raise VAT since 2010 and voted against acting on soaring energy bills in 2013.
She also voted for a scheme where employees could sell their rights, among them the right to redundancy pay and the right not to be unfairly dismissed from their jobs, for shares in the company they work for.
May has called for an “urgent vote” on whether to renew the nation’s Trident nuclear deterrent in the wake of the Brexit vote, saying it would be “sheer madness” for Britain to give up on it.
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