The Prime Ministers (Signed by Iain Dale)
Published on November 12 2020
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It has almost been 300 years since Sir Robert Walpole arguably became the first holder of the office of Prime Minister in 1721 - an office which today is under scrutiny like never before. The Prime Ministers, edited by leading political commentator Iain Dale, brings to life all 55 of Britain's 'First Among Equals' with an essay for each office holder, written by key figures in British politics. From the obscure 18th-century figures like the Earl of Shelburne to 20th-century titans like Churchill and Thatcher, this book provides a much-needed reminder about their motivations, failures and achievements.
Contributors include Roy Hattersley (Lord Palmerston), Simon Heffer (William Gladstone), Nicky Morgan (Lord North), David Laws (Herbert Asquith), Adam Boulton (David Cameron), Sir Anthony Seldon (Clement Attlee), Jesse Norman (Marquess of Rockingham), Iain Dale (Boris Johnson), Rachel Sylvester (Theresa May), Andrew Adonis (Tony Blair), Stewart Wood (Gordon Brown), Sir Henry Bellingham (Spencer Perceval), Peter Riddell (Lord Liverpool), Robert Buckland (Lord Melbourne), Leo McKinstrey (Lord Rosebery), Rachel Reeves (Harold Wilson), Damian Collins (David Lloyd George) and Julian Glover (John Major), plus a host of historians and academics.