Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
|Prime Minister of the United Kingdom|
Royal arms of
Her Majesty's Government
The Right Honourable
(UK and Commonwealth)
|Status||Head of Government|
|Residence||10 Downing Street|
|First holder||Sir Robert Walpole|
The prime minister of the United Kingdom or British prime minister is the head of government in the United Kingdom. The prime minister controls the Government of the United Kingdom through the cabinet. The prime minister is the chairman of the British cabinet and a member of the Privy Council. It is normal for the prime minister to be the leader of the political party that has a majority in the House of Commons.
The prime minister is not the head of state, but is the most important politician in the British politics. By tradition, the monarch of the United Kingdom chooses as prime minister. The monarch chooses the leader of the political party with enough votes to get the Parliament of the United Kingdom's approval for the British monarch's speech from the throne.
Background[change | change source]
The prime minister is usually the leader of the political party which wins most seats after a general election. There are 650 are available in the United Kingdom. Voters vote for their own local member of parliament, not for the prime minister. Voters in their constituency choose their member of parliament. The prime minister is a member of parliament, and only voters in one constituency can vote for them.
The first prime minister was Robert Walpole in the eighteenth century. He was known as the "First Lord of the Treasury". The first person to be use the title "prime minister" officially was Henry Campbell-Bannerman in 1905.
Well-known prime ministers in the 20th century include Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, and Tony Blair. The prime ministers usually live and work at 10 Downing Street or Chequers while in office. Chequers was donated to the country by Winston Churchill.
Living former prime ministers[change | change source]
There are five living former British prime ministers:
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