As Prime Minister for three years and Home Secretary for six years, Theresa May came face-to-face with a series of issues in which the abuse of power led to devastating results for individuals and significantly damaged the reputation of, and trust in, public institutions and politicians. Theresa will give an inside the room account of several cases in domestic and international affairs where blatant abuses took place – including the Salisbury poisonings.
“Theresa May’s dedication to public service, unwavering patriotism, and integrityhave been an inspiration to many. It’s a privilege to welcome her back to Salisbury.”
After studying geography at Oxford, Theresa May worked in finance and banking before entering the political arena first as a Merton councillor and then as Member of Parliament for Maidenhead. She served in the Shadow Cabinet under four Party leaders until becoming Home Secretary in David Cameron’s Government in 2010. She became leader of the party and the UK’s second female Prime Minister in 2016.
Following the 2018 Novichok poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, Theresa May visited Salisbury to express solidarity with the community, meet with emergency responders, and to condemn the attack. She returned several times in the following months, offering support and marking significant milestones, such as the memorial service for Dawn Sturgess.
Since stepping down as Prime Minister in 2019, Theresa May has maintained an active role in Parliament. Her memoir, titled “The Abuse of Power: Confronting Injustice in Public Life”, was published in September 2023.
- Monday 11th March
- Drinks reception from 7pm, talk starts 7.30pm (finish time 8.30pm approx.)
- The Guildhall, Salisbury, SP1 1JH
- £25 (to include a glass of wine)