For the past few days the headlines in the UK, and across the world, have been dominated by the fallout from the UK public vote to leave the European Union. After David Cameron announced his resignation last week, the race to become the Conservative Party’s new leader and by extension the new prime minister has intensified.
One name that has surged towards the top of the list is that of Theresa May.
Theresa May’s career in Parliament
Ms May has been Home Secretary since 2010. She is the longest-serving holder of the prestigious office– one of the great offices of state – for more than 60 years.
Living with type 1 diabetes
In 2013 Theresa was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes after doctors originally believed she had type 2 diabetes. During the winter of 2012 May went to her GP who ran a blood test which showed very high blood glucose levels.
Theresa, who has been MP for Maidenhead since 1997, spoke to the Mail on Sunday at the time, saying:
‘[Type 1 diabetes] doesn’t affect how I do the job or what I do. It’s just part of life… so it’s a case of head down and getting on with it.’
Meeting the type 1 diabetes community
Ms May has attended a number of JDRF events, including the 2015 Sugarplum Ball – which raised £620,000 in support of JDRF, and most recently JDRF’s #Type1Catalyst event in the Houses of Parliament.
The Conservative Party will elect a new leader after a leadership election, set for September this year. This new leader will then, almost certainly, become the new prime minister of the UK.