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Churchill

Years in Power: 1951-1955

Party: Conservative

Reason for Departure: Retired, old age (80 yrs old)

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Eden

Years in Power: 1955 - 1957

Party: Conservative

Reason for Departure: Suez Crisis

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Macmillan

Years in Power: 1957 - 1964

Party: Conservative

Reason for Departure: Profumo Scandal

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Wilson

Years in Power: 1964 - 1970

Party: Labour

Reason for Departure: Surprise election defeat

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Heath

Years in Power: 1970 - 1974

Party: Conservative

Reason for Departure: No majority party elected - no coalition formed.

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Wilson

Years in Power: 1974 - 1976

Party: Labour

Reason for Departure: Surprise resignation

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Callaghan

Years in Power: 1976 - 1983

Party: Labour

Reason for Departure: Election defeat - Winter of Discontent

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Thatcher

Years in Power: 1983-1990

Party: Conservative

Reason for Departure: Resignation - very unpopular

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Major

Years in Power: 1990 - 1997

Party: Conservative

Reason for Departure: Election defeat

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Blair

Years in Power: 1997 - 2007

Party: Labour

Reason for Departure: Resignation

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Summary

  • Churchill 51 - 55
  • Eden 55 - 57
  • Macmillan 57 - 63
  • Wilson 64 - 70
  • Heath 70 - 74
  • Wilson 74 - 76
  • Callaghan 76 - 83
  • Thatcher 83 - 90
  • Major 90 - 97
  • Blair 97 - 07
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Comments

Charlotte A

Good but missed out Douglas-Home 63-64

Bill Scott

Some of the reasons that they departed are a bit short. I feel that for some of the prime ministers there was muliple reasons and it would be poor to simply put it down to one cause. 

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