Amber Rudd only fifth woman to hold role in Great Offices of State

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Amber Rudd has become the fifth woman to hold one of the four Great Offices of State in the history of British politics.

Theresa May appointed the ex- energy secretary to take on her former role of home secretary, making her the fifth woman to hold one of the top jobs in government.

There has never been a female Chancellor of the Exchequer, but here are the women who have held the other three major roles.

Rachel Reeves, Leeds West MP and former junior chess champion, during her visit toWhingate Primary School with Grand Master Malcolm Pein, Chief Executive of CSC, to support of Chess in Schools and Communities.
Picture shows Malcolm Pein and Rachel Reeves taking part in a simul against 16 children.
Rachel will joined children of the school in a chess lesson and give a simultaneous exhibition, playing the best players from the school.
 Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) is a UK charity whose mission is to improve childrens educational outcomes and social development by introducing them to the game of chess.
16 November 2017.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Founded in 2009, CSC now teaches in over 300 schools and supports 500 more nationwide including 13 in Leeds, teaching around 1000 children each week how to play the game in classroom lessons and after-school clubs.

Chess ace Leeds MP drops into school for eight games at once