British Prime Ministers

Thatcther, Major, Blair and Brown

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Margaret Thatcher

Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990

Leader of the Conservative Party From 1975 to 1990

  • She was the first and only woman to hold either post to date
  • She had the longest continuous period in office since Lord Liverpool in the early 18th century
  • Her tough talking and stance on the Northern Ireland Situation earned her the nickname "the Iron Lady"
  • She made little use of her government, leading a prime ministerial Government
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John Major

Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997

  • Sir John Major, born 29th March 1945
  • During his time in office the world went through a period of transition after the end of the Cold War
  • He appeared to be quite boring and unlike his predecessor depended upon his cabinet quite a lot leading to a cabinet government. May be described as 'Primus inter pares', Walter Badgehot
  • However, after his term in office, scandal was unleashed as if was revealed he had embarked on an affair with Edwina Currie
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Tony Blair

Prime Minister from 1997 to 2007

  • Born 6th May 1953
  • He was the Labour party's longest serving Prime Minister
  • The only Labour leader to have taken the party to three consecutive general election victories
  • Considered to have led a 'kitchen cabinet', whereby he held talks with only a few ministers who regarded as most important and this was where much of the cabinet work took place and meetings of the full cabinet may only have been a formality
  • He reduced the time allocated for Prime Ministers question time to half an hour
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Gordon Brown

Prime Minister 2007 to current

  • Brown replaced Tony Blair
  • Formally Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • His time in office is still in its infancy, yet it appears he favours the approach of his predecessor Tony Blair in using the 'kitchen cabinet' method
  • His time in office began as Britain was on the brink of a financial crisis and he has had to cope with the credit crunch and now the recession
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