UK Prime Ministers: 10 questions

  1. Who is the only UK Prime Minister not to have had English as a first language?
  2. Which Prime Minister is chiefly remembered for founding the Metropolitan Police while Home Secretary in 1829?
  3. Spencer Perceval was the only Prime Minister to have suffered what unfortunate fate while in office?
  4. The term “Prime Minister” was initially considered a derogatory expression, with Henry Campbell Bannerman the first to use the title in a constitutionally recognised form. What title was given to the earliest Prime Ministers to indicate that they were in fact in charge of the government (a title still held by Prime Ministers to this day)?
  5. Who was the last Prime Minister to be generally referred to by an aristocratic title?
  6. Which area of London was Margaret Thatcher the MP for throughout her tenure as Prime Minister?
  7. Which Prime Minister served in office for four separate terms, the only person ever to have done so?
  8. Which Prime Minister is best known for a declaration confirming British support for the establishment of a Jewish nation in Palestine which bears his name (though the Declaratino was signed when he was Foreign Secretary rather than Prime Minister)?
  9. Who was the only Prime Minister to have held all four great offices of state during their career (Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister)?
  10. Including Theresa May’s Prime Ministership, the Conservative Party has provided 17 Prime Ministers. What is the only other party to have provided as many?

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  1. Who is the only UK Prime Minister not to have had English as a first language?
    A: David Lloyd George (brought up a Welsh speaker, despite being born in Manchester)
  2. Which Prime Minister is chiefly remembered for founding the Metropolitan Police while Home Secretary in 1829?
    A: Robert Peel
  3. Spencer Perceval was the only Prime Minister to have suffered what unfortunate fate while in office?
    A: Assassination
  4. The term “Prime Minister” was initially considered a derogatory expression, with Henry Campbell Bannerman the first to use the title in a constitutionally recognised form. What title was given to the earliest Prime Ministers to indicate that they were in fact in charge of the government (a title still held by Prime Ministers to this day)?
    A: First Lord of the Treasury
  5. Who was the last Prime Minister to be generally referred to by an aristocratic title?
    A: The Marquess of Salisbury (Robert Gascoyne Cecil), whose last term as Prime Minister was 1895-1902
  6. Which area of London was Margaret Thatcher the MP for throughout her tenure as Prime Minister?
    A: Finchley
  7. Which Prime Minister served in office for four separate terms, the only person ever to have done so?
    A: William Gladstone
  8. Which Prime Minister is best known for a declaration confirming British support for the establishment of a Jewish nation in Palestine which bears his name (though the Declaratino was signed when he was Foreign Secretary rather than Prime Minister)?
    A: Arthur Balfour
  9. Who was the only Prime Minister to have held all four great offices of state during their career (Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister)?
    A: James Callaghan
  10. Including Theresa May’s Prime Ministership, the Conservative Party has provided 17 Prime Ministers. What is the only other party to have provided as many?
    A: Whig

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