This is what Theresa May has previously voted for and against in Parliament


Theresa May is preparing to move into 10 Downing Street after being confirmed as the new Tory leader. She was elected as an MP in 1997 and has been the longest serving Home Secretary in 50 years, but what has she voted for and against in Parliament?

We take a look back at where the new PM has previously stood on key issues.

Gay rights

A mural in support of same sex marraige on the Falls Road in Belfast as the landmark case Belfast High Court against ban on gay marriage in Northern Ireland is expected to open.

Theresa May has voted for a mixture of for and against equal gay rights, and it seems her views may have changed over time. Back in 1998 she voted against reducing the age of consent for homosexual acts from 18 to 16 and then no on the Adoption and Children Bill in 2002. However did vote constantly in favour of allowing same sex couples to marry in 2013.

Equality and human rights

Prime Minister David Cameron, Chancellor George Osborne (left) and Home Secretary Theresa May

May has voted against several laws that promote equality and human rights. Just last year she backed scrapping the Human Rights Act 1998 and three years ago she voted against making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of caste. She also voted to remove the duty on the Commission for Equality and Human Rights to work to support the development of a society where people's ability to achieve their potential is not limited by prejudice or discrimination.

Defence and military involvement overseas

f Tony Blair, who is facing growing calls to be brought to court over his role in taking Britain to war with Iraq following the damning verdict of the Chilcot Report.

May has almost always supported military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria. In 2003 she supported Tony Blair's notion to use "all means necessary to ensure the disarmament of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction" which of course led to the UK joining the invasion of Iraq. In 2010 she supported the continued deployment in Afghanistan and last year she voted for the UK airstrikes against ISIS in Syria.

May also voted consistently to replace Trident when it reaches the end of its lifespan with a new nuclear deterrent and last year voted to spend £200 billion on new nuclear weapons.

Welfare and benefits

Demonstrators outside the Supreme Court in London as the controversial so-called

Generally May has supported welfare cuts. Last year she voted in favour of cutting universal tax credit benefits for many people in paid work. Before that she voted to reduce the household benefit cap, to freeze the rate of many working-age benefits and in favour of "bedroom tax".  

In 2012 she voted not to make an exception for those with a cancer diagnosis or undergoing cancer treatment from the 365-day limit on receiving contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance. She has also generally voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed.

The European Union

Boris Johnson and Theresa May.

May voted in favour of there being a referendum into whether Britain should stay in the EU many times, from 2008 to up until last year - before supporting the remain side during the campaign (or reluctantly appearing to anyway). Now that she's going to be PM she's said: "Brexit means Brexit" and there will be "no attempt to remain inside the EU".

The environment

Anti-fracking protestors

Generally May has voted against measures to prevent climate change. Last year she was against setting a decarbonisation target for the UK within six months of June 2016. She also voted against charging more vehicle tax based on carbon dioxide emissions.

When it comes to the issue of fracking May hasn't seen the need for greater regulation into the controversial practice. She voted against requiring an environmental permit for it, voted not to ban the exploitation of unconventional petroleum (from fracking) for 18 months, and not to require a review of the impact of fracking on climate change, the environment, the economy and health and safety to be carried out and published.


A man holds a cigarette while at the wheel of a car in London.

May was absent for several of the smoking bill votes, but the ones she did turn up for, she voted against bans. In 2006 she voted no on the health bill about smoke-free premises and in 2014 she voted against a new law requiring private vehicles to be smoke-free where a person under the age of 18 is present.


The Holderness Hunt in East Yorkshire at their first meet of the season at Rise Park near Hull.

May has always been pro-fox hunting and has voted in Parliament accordingly.

University tuition fees and schools

New graduates from Portsmouth University celebrate their success after their graduation ceremony in the city's Guildhall Square.

May voted consistently for raising England's undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 a year. She's also always been a big advocate of academy schools, moving financial control from the local authority to individual schools.

Electoral reform

the State Opening of Parliament, in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London.

May has voted for the introduction of elected police and crime commissioners, and a wholly elected House of Lords.

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