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Andrew Bonar Law
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1922-1923
Conservative, was born in a small village in eastern New Brunswick, Canada
Anthony Eden
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1955-1957
Conservative, was educated at Eton, he hoped to go to Sandhurst before joining the Britisg Army but was rejected because of poor eyesight
Arthur James Balfour
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1902-1905
Conservative, 1st Earl of Balfour
Benjamin Disraeli
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1868-1868
February to December. Conservative, He had led the Young England Party in Parliament
Benjamin Disraeli
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1874-1880
Conservative
Clement Attlee
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1945-1951
Labour, he presided over the establishment of the welfare state in Great Britain and over the most important step - the granting of independence to India
David Cameron
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
2010 - 2016
Came to power as the leader of a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition. The jury is still out on whether to call it Lib-Con or Con-Dem.
David Lloyd George
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1916-1922
Coalition, it comes as a great surprise to realise that the man who is arguably the greatest politician in Welsh history was actually born in England
Duke of Devonshire
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1756-1757
Whig, William Cavendish the 4th Duke
Duke of Grafton
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1768-1770
Whig, 3rd Duke, Augustus Henry Fitzroy
Duke of Newcastle
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1754-1756
Whig, Thomas Pelham Holles was one of the most influential ministers in Great Britain during the critical years when France and England fought over North America
Duke of Newcastle
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1757-1762
Whig
Duke of Portland
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1783-1783
April to December. Coalition, William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland.
Duke of Portland
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1807-1809
Tory, William Henry Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland.
Duke of Wellington
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1828-1830
Tory, Arthur Wellesley
Earl Grey
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1830-1834
Whig, Charles Grey
Earl of Bute
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1762-1763
Tory, John Stuart was educated at Eton
Earl of Chatham
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1766-1768
Whig, known as William Pitt the Elder, Earl of Chatham
Earl of Derby
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1852-1852
February to December. Conservative, Edward Stanley, the 14th Earl
Earl of Derby
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1858-1859
Conservative
Earl of Derby
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1866-1868
Conservative
Earl of Liverpool
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1812-1827
Tory, Robert Banks Jenkinson, The war of 1812 with the United States and the final campaigns of the napoleonic Wars were fought during Liverpool's premiership
Earl of Rosebery
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1894-1895
Liberal, Archibald Philip-Primrose Rosebery, according to a source Rosebery wished 3 things for himself, a rich wife, to win the Derby and become PM, all wishes were granted
Earl of Sherburne
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1782-1783
Whig, Willaim Petty FitzMaurice, 2nd Earl of
Earl of Wilmington
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1742-1743
Whig, Spencer Compton was regarded as a stop-gap PM
Edward Heath
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1970-1974
Conservative, his term in office featured industrial action and the deployment of troops in Northern Ireland, One notable achiebvement was that he was finally able to lead britain into EC membership, a long-held ambition
George Canning
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1827-1827
April to August. Tory, He exerted great influence in militaty affairs, planning the seizure of the Danish fleet at Copenhagen (1807) and supporting British intervention in Spain and Portugal
George Grenville
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1763-1765
Whig, he was only the 2nd prime minister that never acceded to the peerage
Gordon Brown
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
2007-2010
Labour, he took office on 27 June 2007, three days after becoming leader of the Labour Party
Harold Macmillan
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1957-1963
Conservative, 1st Earl of Stockton, when asked what represented the greatest challenge for a statesman, Macmillan replies, "events, my dear boy, events"
Harold Wilson
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1964-1970
Labour, at first his government only had a four - seat majority in Parliament, but it was reelected with a large majority in 1966
Harold Wilson
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1974-1976
Labour
Henry Addington
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1801-1804
Tory, 1st Viscount Sidmouth
Henry Pelham
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1743-1754
Whig, not particulary well know for much of anything, he maintained the status quo
Herbert Henry Asquith
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1908-1916
Liberal
James Callaghan
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1976-1979
Labour, In March 1979 his government was brought down by a vote of no confidence passed in the House of Commons, the first such occurrence since 1924
James Ramsay MacDonald
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1924-1924
Labour, born in Scotland, he was the 1st secretary of the Independent Labour Party (1900)
James Ramsay MacDonald
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1929-1935
Labour Nationalist
John Major
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1990-1997
Conservative, during his time as PM, the world went through a period of transition after the end of the Cold War
Lord Aberdeen
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1852-1855
Peelite, George Hamilton-Gordon
Lord Grenville
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1806-1807
Whig, William Wyndham
Lord John Russell
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1846-1852
Liberal, he was a persistent advocate of extending the franchise and granting political equality to Roman Catholics
Lord John Russell
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1865-1866
Liberal
Lord North
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1770-1782
Tory, Frederick North was a dominant figure in British politics for three decades
Margaret Thatcher
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1979-1990
Conservative, Britain's first female PM, she ordered British troops to the falkland Islands in 1982, she took a strong stand against the trade unions during the miner's strike (1984-850, and moved Britain toward privatization
Marquess of Rockingham
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1765-66
Whig, Charles Watson-Wentworth, his government was responsible for the repeal of the Stamp Act in February, 1766
Marquess of Rockingham
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1782-1782
March to July. Whig
Marquess of Salisbury
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1885-1886
Conservative, Robert Cecil, he supported the policies that led to the Boer War (1899-1902)
Marquess of Salisbury
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1886-1892
Conservative
Marquess of Salisbury
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1895-1902
Conservatire
Neville Chamberlain
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1937-1940
Nationalist, he was educated at Rugby School, managed his father's plantation in The Bahamas, went into the copper-brass business after arriving back in England, was active in local politics and in 1915 was elected Lord Mayor of Birmingham
Robert Peel
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1834-1835
Conservative, he introduced budgets that led towards Free Trade
Robert Peel
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1841-1846
Conservative
Robert Walpole
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1721-1742
Whig, 1st Earl of Orford
Sir Alec Douglas-Home
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1963-1964
Conservative, he is the only PM to renounce his peerage to leave the House of Lords and contest a by-election to enter the House of Commons, he was also the 1st British PM to have been born in the 20th century
Sir Anthony Eden
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1955-1957
Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1906-1908
Liberal, while he was PM, South Africa, namely the Transvaal (1906) and the orange River Colony (1907) were granted the right of self-rule, self-government
Sir Winston Churchill
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1940-1945
Coalition, first came to public attention as a result of his escape from a prison in Pretoria during the Boer War, where he had been captured whilst working as a war correspondent.
Sir Winston Churchill
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1951-1955
Conservative. Knighted in 1953 half way through his second term as PM.
Spencer Perceval
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1809-1812
Tory, his becoming PM coincided with an economic depression and considerable industrial unrest
Stanley Baldwin
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1923-1924
Conservative, 1st Earl Baldwin of Bewdley
Stanley Baldwin
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1924-1929
Conservative
Stanley Baldwin
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1935-1937
Nationalist
Theresa May
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
2016 - Present
Conservative, she came to power after David Cameron's resignation following the result of the 2016 UK referendum on leaving the EU. She not elected in a General Election, nor was she elected by the Conservative Party as the other candidates in the election for party leadership all stood down.
Tony Blair
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1997-2007
Labour, on the day he stood down as PM, he was appointed official Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East on behalf of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia, and stepped down as an MP
Viscount Goderich
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1827-1828
Tory, Frederick Robinson
Viscount Melbourne
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1834-1834
July to November. Whig, William Lamb, the 2nd Viscount
Viscount Melbourne
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1835-1841
Whig
Viscount Palmerston
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1855-1858
Liberal, Henry John Temple
Viscount Palmerston
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1859-1865
Liberal
William Gladstone
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1868-1874
Liberal, he attended Christ Church College, Oxford where he gained a double First Degree in Mathematics and Classics
William Gladstone
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1880-1885
Liberal
William Gladstone
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1886-1886
February to July. Liberal
William Gladstone
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1892-1894
Liberal
William Pitt the Younger
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1783-1801
Tory, youngest PM ever, he was 24 years old
William Pitt the Younger
   was U.K. Prime Minister from   
1804-1806
Tory


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