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.


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