A Prime Minister is the head of the Government of the United Kingdom. There have been 76 Prime Ministers in the history of the United Kingdom, with Conservative Party leader Theresa May being the current Prime Minister.
For the past decades, the Prime Ministers have shown their own brands of leadership. They have also been battled with controversies and political challenges. Now, let us round up the five greatest Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Churchill topped the 1999 BBC Radio 4 poll of the best politicians and was hailed the Best British Prime Minister of the 20th century. According to Telegraph, Churchill “provided uniquely-strong leadership”. Before he became a politician, he served in the British military. He became the Prime Minister in 1940 and led made a successful alliance with the US and the Soviet Union to defeat the Axis powers during World War II.
Clement Attlee topped the University of Leeds survey twice in 2004 and 2010, being the Best Prime Minister in the 20th century. He was known for post-war leadership and social reforms. He established the welfare state in Great Britain and presided the granting of independence to India. According to Britannica, his reign paved the way the conversion of the British Empire into the Commonwealth of Nations.
In 2013, University of London conducted a survey among British members of the Parliament which declared Margaret Thatcher the most successful post-war Prime Minister. Thatcher is the first female Prime Minister. During her term, she cut social welfare programs, privatized certain industries and reduced trade union power.
Sir Robert Walpole
Walpole, regarded as the first Prime Minister, restored the confidence in the country after the South Sea Bubble crisis in 1720. He was also the longest-serving Prime Minister for more than 20 years. He dominated. He dominated the political landscape during the time of George I and George II.
William Pit the Younger
William Pit the Younger was the youngest Prime Minister of Britain at just 24 and he has the second longest service next to Walpole. He led during the French revolutionary and Napoleonic wars and dominated the political scene during the period of instability.
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