British Prime Ministers

Prime Ministers can be pompous people who have an annoying tendency to think they are always right; in fact, as everyone knows, the only person that is always right is your wife.  Fortunately, we can remove Prime Ministers every now and again  😆

Theresa May, current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (official Downing Street photo)Anyway, here is a list of Prime Ministers, in chronological order. The full title for the Prime Minister is First Lord of the Treasury , Minister for the Civil Service and Prime Minister.  The office of Prime Minister is relatively recent. It has mostly become entrenched during the 20th century, but is generally traced back to the 18th, when the monarch needed someone to represent royal interests in the increasingly dominant House of Commons. So the term ‘prime minister’ was originally somewhat abusive, with implications of corruption attached to it. The office as we know it was more or less in place by the mid-19th century. ‘Questions to the Prime Minister’, forerunner of today’s ‘Prime Minister’s Questions’, began in 1881. Political parties began as informal factions which tended to represent certain interests. It is generally accepted that the first ‘Prime Minister’ was Robert Walpole.

1721 – 1742 Sir Robert Walpole Whig
1742 – 1743 Earl of Wilmington Whig
1743 – 1754 Henry Pelham Whig
1754 – 1756 Duke of Newcastle Whig
1756 – 1757  Duke of Devonshire Whig
1757 – 1762  Duke of Newcastle Whig
1762 – 1763  Earl of Bute Tory
1763 – 1765 George Grenville Whig
1765 – 1766 Marquess of Rockingham Whig
1766 – 1768 Earl of Chatham Whig
1768 – 1770 Duke of Grafton Whig
1770 – 1782 Lord North Tory
1782 Marquess of Rockingham Whig
1782 – 1783 Earl of Shelburne Whig
1783 Duke of Portland Whig
1783 – 1801 William Pitt Tory
1801 – 1804 Henry Addington Tory
1804 – 1806 William Pitt Tory
1806 – 1807 Lord Grenville Whig
1807 – 1809 Duke of Portland Whig
1809 – 1812 Spencer Perceval Tory
1812 – 1827 Earl of Liverpool Tory
1827 George Canning Tory
1827 – 1828 Viscount Goderich Tory
1828 – 1830 Duke of Wellington Tory
1830 – 1834 Earl Grey Whig
1834 Lord Melbourne Whig
1834 Duke of Wellington Tory
1834 – 1835 Sir Robert Peel Tory
1835 – 1841 Lord Melbourne Whig
1841 – 1846 Sir Robert Peel Tory
1846 – 1852 Lord John Russell Liberal
1852 Earl of Derby Conservative
1852 – 1855 Earl of Aberdeen Tory
1855 – 1858 Viscount Palmerston Liberal
1858 – 1859 Earl of Derby Conservative
1859 – 1865 Viscount Palmerston Liberal
1865 – 1866 Lord John Russell Liberal
1866 – 1868 Earl of Derby Conservative
1868 Benjamin Disraeli Conservative
1868 – 1874 William Ewart Gladstone Liberal
1874 – 1880 Benjamin Disraeli Conservative
1880 – 1885 William Ewart Gladstone Liberal
1885 – 1886 Marquess of Salisbury Conservative
1886 William Ewart Gladstone Liberal
1886 – 1892 Marquess of Salisbury Conservative
1892 – 1894 William Ewart Gladstone Liberal
1894 – 1895 Earl of Rosebery Liberal
1895 – 1902 Marquess of Salisbury Conservative
1902 – 1905 Arthur James Balfour Conservative
1905 – 1908 Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman Liberal
1908 – 1916 Herbert Henry Asquith Liberal
1916 – 1922 David Lloyd George Liberal
1922 – 1923 Andrew Bonar Law Conservative
1923 – 1924  Stanley Baldwin Conservative
1924 Ramsay MacDonald Labour
1924 – 1929 Stanley Baldwin Conservative
1929 – 1935 Ramsay MacDonald Labour
(National Labour from 1931)
1935 – 1937 Stanley Baldwin Conservative
1937 – 1940 Neville Chamberlain National Government
1940 – 1945  Winston Spencer Churchill All party war government
1945 – 1951 Clement Atlee Labour
1951 – 1955 Winston Spencer Churchill Conservative
1955 – 1957 Anthony Eden Conservative
1957 – 1963 Harold Macmillan Conservative
1963 – 1964 Sir Alec Douglas-Home Conservative
1964 – 1970 Harold Wilson Labour
1970 – 1974 Edward Heath Conservative
1974 – 1976 Harold Wilson Labour
1976 – 1979 James Callaghan Labour
1979 – 1990 Margaret Hilda Thatcher Conservative
1990 – 1997 John Major Conservative
1997 – 2007 Tony Blair Labour
2007 – 2010  Gordon Brown Labour
2010 – 2015 David Cameron Conservative-Liberal Coalition
2015 – 2016  David Cameron Conservative
2016 – Theresa May Conservative