UK's New Prime Minister Says Christian Faith Informs Her Politics

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Tuesday, July 12, 2016

UK's New Prime Minister Says Christian Faith Informs Her Politics

Theresa May will become the new prime minister of the United Kingdom.

May was confirmed as the prime minister after her rival, Andrea Leadsom, announced Monday that she was withdrawing from the race.

May will take over after David Cameron resigns on Wednesday. His resignation comes just after voters choose to break from the European Union.

May, who supported the UK’s vote against the EU, will be the first female prime minister since Margaret Thatcher.

"I know some politicians seek high office because they are driven by ideological fervor. I know others seek it for reasons of ambition or glory. My reasons are much simpler. I grew up the daughter of a local vicar and the granddaughter of a regimental sergeant major. Public service has been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember."

She is a practicing member of the Church of England, but says she likes to keep her personal life private.

"I think it's right that we don't flaunt these things here in British politics. But it is a part of me, it's there and it obviously helps to frame my thinking and my approach."

In 2012, May campaigned for Britain’s abortion limit to be changed from 24 weeks to 20 weeks into pregnancy.

She has also voted against the introduction of assisted suicide in Britain.

"A vision of a country that works not just for the privileged few, but that works for every one of us.

"Because we are going to give people more control over their lives. That's how, together, we will build a better Britain," she said.

Publication date: July 11, 2016