Category British Prime Ministers

A Snippet from 11th May

How often have you had your own thoughts on the actions and performance of parliamentarians at large and ministers in particular?  Fortunately this particular story has never been repeated! It was on this day – Monday 11th May 1812 – that Spencer Perceval, the Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was shot dead in […]

Britain and the European Community

As virtually everyone reading this post will be aware – Britain is currently embroiled in the decision to exit the European Community. Thinking back – it was on this day, Thursday 17th February 1972 – that the then Prime Minister Edward Heath narrowly won a vote in the House of Commons on whether they should, […]

The Sunday after

The Sunday papers all told of the story – this one is from the Sunday Express – it says: ‘Sometimes a baby’s cry broke the stillness’: Kings and Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers, Princes and Chancellors from 111 nations joined a countless throng of humble people yesterday in the final massive act of homage to […]

The day when Britain ‘stood still.

This Saturday, 30th January 1965, saw one of the largest assemblies of world statesmen in history when Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral was held – regarded by many as a day when Britain ‘stood still’. The following is based mainly on BBC reports with personal memories included: ‘Thousands of people had paid their last respects to […]

On a late Friday Night

The night of Friday, 29th January 1965, was one of bitter rain and snow but that didn’t stop people taking up their positions for the following day’s state funeral. While they were taking their places in the cold and wet the Duke of Norfolk, the Earl Marshal, was rehearsing the pallbearers duties inside St. Paul’s […]

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchil has died.

After the British general election of October 1951 Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain for the second time.In 1953 he suffered a serious stroke but remained in the role of Prime Minister.  Two years later in 1955 he retired from the role but he didn’t leave Parliament.  He remained a Member of […]

Britain’s youngest ever Prime Minister

On Friday 19th December 1783, at an age of 24 years 205 days, William Pitt ’the Younger’ became – and remains – Britain’s youngest ever Prime Minister. It is said that he was almost born to be Prime Minister having become immersed in political life from a young age – apparently expressing parliamentary ambitions at […]