Theresa May named UK's second most powerful woman in survey

Theresa May named UK's second most powerful woman in survey

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Theresa May named UK's second most powerful woman in survey

Maidenhead MP Theresa May has been named second only to the Queen in a list of the UK's most powerful women.

A BBC survey ranked the Home Secretary as runner-up in the list of 100 influential women, compiled by a panel of judges for Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

The 56-year-old, who has been Maidenhead MP since 1997, was appointed Home Secretary in May 2010 and is the most senior woman in the cabinet.

Santander bank boss Ana Botin was ranked third, with Thames Valley Police chief constable Sara Thornton making the list in 18th.

Also featuring in the top 20 were Harry Potter author JK Rowling and Labour party deputy leader Harriet Harman.

Judges included journalist Eve Pollard, Conservative MP Priti Patel, Labour peer Oona King and crime novelist Val McDermid.

Visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qlvb/features/power-list-100 to see the list.

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