The first time Theresa May entered the classroom of her new school she had to be carried through the door kicking and screaming.

"What a silly little girl," the headmistress told 5-year-old Theresa.

She never forgot the insult.

And so began a school career that could be said to have been a foretaste of what lay ahead when she entered the House of Commons.

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She would achieve dizzying success - places at grammar school and then at Oxford, a seat at the Cabinet table and ultimately the keys to No 10 - but endure repeated humiliations and never really win

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