Our new prime minister Theresa May is no stranger to the region

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during his last Prime Minister's Questions, flanked by Theresa M

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during his last Prime Minister's Questions, flanked by Theresa May, in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 13, 2016. Photo credit should read: PA Wire - Credit: PA

The woman who is set to be our next prime minister is no stranger to the region.

As well as high-profile visits in her job as home secretary, she has also been known to slip in under the radar.

As party association chairman, and since, she has diligently spoken at party association dinners and events, including many in the region.

In 2009, as then shadow work and pensions secretary, Theresa May was the campaign manager for the successful Norwich North by-election.

The Conservatives won decisively and Ms Smith became the youngest ever female Tory MP at the time.


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Since then, Mrs May has been back to the county.

In 2013 the home secretary got more than she bargained for when out door-knocking in Norwich with Ms Smith.

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She met local police officers at the Christchurch Centre, in Magdalen Road, before going knocking on doors in nearby Albany Road.

It was there that she and Ms Smith got something of a shock, as one Norwich resident had jumped out of the bath to answer his door.

Last year she visited a pioneering scheme to get youngsters into work in the offshore industry in Great Yarmouth.

But it is not just the woman who is set to be the prime minister who is known in our part of the world.

Her husband Philip is known by many in local government in the region in his role at Capital Group. In his role managing UK pension funds, he has been a leading light in the Norfolk fund.

One councillor said that Mr May was a 'nice level-headed guy' who is a 'good friend of Norfolk'.

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