By D. Leonard

Through the process the 20 th Century, nineteen males and one lady - from Robert Cecil, 3rd Marquis of Salisbury to Tony Blair - have occupied the put up of top Minister of the uk.

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Balfour was the most detached member of the four – largely because he soon detected in Churchill a likely rival to Uncle Robert as the future Conservative leader. Yet his detachment probably owed as much to his regarding parliamentary tactics as a fascinating game, rather than having a deeper 28 A Century of Premiers purpose. 29). This desire paid off: from being an uncertain and hesitant speaker, Balfour progressed to being one of the most effective debaters in the House. His languorous appearance and apparent frivolity still meant that few took him seriously, and his appointment as President of the Local Government Board by Lord Salisbury, when he formed his first government in June 1885, was uniformly attributed to family favouritism.

328) By hanging on into the twentieth century, Salisbury severely damaged his reputation. Had he died or resigned in 1898 or 1899, he might well have been assessed as one of the most successful leaders ever to have held the top office. As it is, although he is justly highly rated as a Foreign Secretary, few people would now count him among Britain’s great Prime Ministers. He is remembered, if at all, as one of the longest servers in that office: his total of 13 years and nine months (in three governments) being the longest since Lord Liverpool (1812–27), and only otherwise exceeded by Robert Walpole and the Younger Pitt.

Campbell, warehousemen and drapers, run by his father and Uncle William, becoming a partner two years later without unduly exerting himself. At about this time he surprised his father and elder brother, both passionate Tories, by his conversion to liberalism, possibly influenced by Uncle William who had quit both the Tory Party and the Church of Scotland some years earlier to become a Free Churchman and a Liberal, while remaining on excellent terms with his brother who by then had become Lord Provost of Glasgow.

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