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Through the process the 20 th century, nineteen males and one woman--from the 3rd Marquis of Salisbury to Tony Blair--have occupied the submit of major Minister of the uk. In a chain of biographical essays, Dick Leonard, a number one political journalist and previous MP, recounts the situations that took them to the head of ''the greasy pole'', probes their own and political strengths and weaknesses, assesses their functionality within the most sensible place of work and asks what lasting effect they've got had.

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His attempts to pacify Irish land hunger also led to a falling away of agitation, though the deceptive peace which descended on Ireland for 20 or so years after his stewardship ended perhaps owed as much to the decline and premature death of Charles Stewart Parnell. At best, he secured a respite while doing nothing to prevent the eventual resurgence of nationalist demands. H. Smith, who had died. Unusually, he was also First Lord of the Treasury, as the Prime Minister did not need this title as he was already a secretary of state as Foreign Secretary.

The Cabinet responded by approving an increase three times greater than he had suggested. This succeeded in neutralising their opponents. ’s last action at the Admiralty. In October 1884 he left for a month-long holiday in Scotland with his wife, only to be summoned by telegram to meet Lord Spencer, the Viceroy of Ireland, in Edinburgh. He was taken aback to be told that Gladstone wanted to appoint him as Chief Secretary for Ireland, undoubtedly the toughest and most unpleasant job in the government.

287–8). B. was genuinely intended, it is apparent that his appointment was originally seen only as a stopgap measure in the expectation that the 46-year-old Asquith would inevitably succeed him within a very short period. It was not to work out quite like that. , like Clement Attlee half a century later, was a prime example of a politician with apparently modest attainments outdistancing far flashier rivals. He was born plain Henry Campbell on 7 November 1836, the second son of a wealthy and self-made Glasgow businessman and local Tory leader, Sir James Campbell.

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