The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
On May 12th 2010, the Prime Minister appointed The Rt Hon Theresa May MP as Minister for Women and Equalities in addition to her appointment as Home Secretary.
Ms May has been the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead since May 1997. She lives in her constituency and is an active local campaigner. She has been a keen advocate of positive action to recruit more women Conservatives to winnable seats and was a key architect of the ‘A list’ of preferred candidates.
A member of the shadow cabinet since 1999, and a Privy Counsellor since 2003, she has held a number of positions within Parliament since 1997. Her roles in the shadow Cabinet have included: secretary of state for education and employment, secretary of state for transport, local government and the regions, secretary of state for the family (culture, media and sport), and shadow leader of the House of Commons (2005-09). From 2002 to 2003, she was the first woman chairman of the Conservative Party. The newly appointed Home Secretary most recently held the position of Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and the Shadow Minister for Women.
Theresa has been involved in politics at all levels for many years. She was a councillor in the London borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994.
She worked in the City before becoming an MP, starting her career at the Bank of England before moving on to hold posts at the Association for Payment Clearing.
Lynne Featherstone MP
On May 14th 2010, the Prime Minister appointed Lynne Featherstone MP as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Equalities).
Lynne Featherstone was elected as Member of Parliament for Hornsey and Wood Green in 2005. She is an active local campaigner and has lived in the constituency for over 30 years.
She served as the Liberal Democrats’ spokesperson for Home Affairs (2005-06), London (2006-07) and international development spokesperson (2006-07), before moving on to be their youth and equalities spokesperson from 2008.
Prior to that, she was elected to Haringey Council in 1998 (a position she would hold until 2006), and in 2000 she was elected to the London Assembly, where she chaired the transport committee and served on the health and standards committees and the Metropolitan Police Authority.
Before becoming involved in politics, Lynne ran her own design company, and was a strategic design consultant. In her spare time, she has volunteered at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, North London.