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Theresa May To Speak At Lancaster Chamber’s 148th Annual Dinner

Events & Programs , Local Stories , Chamber Updates
February 15 2020

We are excited to welcome Theresa May as the keynote speaker for our 148th Annual Dinner! To register for the event, click here!

Our theme this year is Celebrating Perseverance. We look forward to honoring our four award winners who have impacted Lancaster for the better as we appreciate the perseverance, hard work, and intentional outlook these local leaders have had in their careers. Join us to toast to Lancaster's successes and to be inspired to continue that prosperity long into the future!

Theresa May served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party from 2016 to 2019, during an extraordinary time in global affairs. She is currently the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead — a position she’s held for over two decades.

“The Lancaster community never shies away from challenges or bold aspirations,” says Lancaster Chamber Board Chair Michelle Rondinelli. “It is through collaboration and perseverance that we’re becoming a model of prosperity. As such, we are excited to welcome Theresa May whose very career has demonstrated collaboration and perseverance.”

With audiences, Mrs. May gives an incisive examination and unique insight about how politics, technology, and business intersect at a time of profound global change. Sharing lessons from her experiences over a storied career, she encourages listeners to recapture the spirit of common purpose in order to achieve progress across the world.

“We look forward to continuing our tradition of hosting world leaders like George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher at our Dinner as we welcome Theresa May to the community,” says Chamber President and CEO Tom Baldrige. “Her embodiment of perseverance and her role on the world stage is sure to provide both relevant content and an inspirational message to both our business community and the community at large.”

Mrs. May has been involved in politics at all levels for many years, starting out stuffing envelopes at her local Conservative Association before going on to be a councillor in the London Borough of Merton from 1986 to 1994. In May 1997, she was elected as the Member of Parliament for Maidenhead, the constituency in which she lives. She has held various positions in Parliament since.

Appointed Home Secretary in May 2010, Mrs. May made history by becoming the longest-serving Conservative Home Secretary in the past 100 years. During this time, she oversaw reductions in crime,reform of the police, and the introduction of the landmark Modern Slavery Act. In 2005, Mrs. May co-founded Women2Win, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of Conservative women in Parliament and in public life.

Following her election as Leader of the Conservative Party, Mrs. May was appointed Prime Minister in July 2016, where she became the first woman in British history to hold the position since Margaret Thatcher.

As Prime Minister, Mrs. May led negotiations with the European Union after the country’s historic Brexit referendum. She also oversaw the largest ever cash boost to the UK’s National Health Service and the largest expansion of mental health services in a generation. She launched a 25-year Environment Plan and introduced legislation to end the UK’s contribution to global warming entirely. She also established the first ever Race Disparity Audit to shine a light on injustices, and published a Modern Industrial Strategy to ensure that the jobs of the future are created across the whole country — not just in London.

During her time in Downing Street, the UK’s national debt fell, there were more people in work than ever before, and taxes were cut for 32 million people.

For more information and to get tickets for this annual community and business celebration, click here.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor Highmark and PennState Health for your support in making this event possible!

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