Theresa May leaves behind a legacy dominated by Brexit and the insurmountable challenge of navigating a clear path out of the EU. When she resigned, she said: “It will be for my successor to seek a way forward.” And while all those jostling to succeed her claim to have the golden ticket to solving Brexit, time will tell if they will be able to succeed where she failed.”
So how does this all stack up against history?
Here, we ask you, our readers, who you think the worst Prime Minister was in the UK in modern history.
Below you’ll find a short bio on each Prince Minister since World War 2 began. Results will be published after 24 hours.
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Who was Britain’s WORST Prime Minister? Bios below
1. CLEMENT ATTLEE
Term in office: 6 years and 93 days
Dates in office: July 26, 1945 – October 26, 1951
Famous for: Botching a snap-election and losing Labour’s majority back to Churchill. Also being the longest-ever serving Leader of the Labour Party.
2. WINSTON CHURCHILL
Term in office: 8 years and 240 days
Dates in office: May 10, 1940 – July 26, 1945 and October 26, 1951 – April 5, 1955
Famous for: Leading Britain to victory in World War Two. Considered one of the 20th century’s most significant figures. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Who was Britain’s WORST Prime Minister?
3. ANTHONY EDEN
Term in office: 1 year and 279 days
Dates in office: April 6, 1955 – January 9, 1957
Famous for: The Suez Crisis, after which he resigned citing ill health.
4. HAROLD MACMILLAN
Term in office: 6 years and 282 days
Dates in office: January 10, 1957 – October 18, 1963
Famous for: Being “Supermac”, his cartoon nickname. He mended USA-UK relations after the Suez Crisis, but his premiership was rocked by the Vassall and Profumo scandals.
John Major in front of Downing Street when he took over
5. ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME
Term in office: 364 days
Dates in office: October 19, 1963 – October 16, 1964
Famous for: Being the last Prime Minister to hold office while a member of the House of Lords, before renouncing his peerage.
6. HAROLD WILSON
Term in office: 8 years and 33 days
Dates in office: October 16, 1964 – June 19, 1970 and March 4, 1974 – April 5, 1976
Theresa May resigns: The Prime Minister’s emotional resignation speech
7. EDWARD HEATH
Term in office: 3 years and 259 days
Dates in office: June 19, 1970 – March 4, 1974
Famous for: Taking Britain into the European Communities – now the European Union – in 1973.
Famous for: Sending British troops into Northern Ireland in 1969 and overseeing the end of the Vietnam War.
8. JAMES CALLAGHAN
Term in office: 3 years and 30 days
Dates in office: April 5, 1976 – May 4 1979
Famous for: Being the only person to have held all four Great Offices of State, having served as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister.
9. MARGARET THATCHER
Term in office: 11 years and 209 days
Dates in office: May 4, 1979 – November 28
Famous for: Being the ‘Iron Lady’, as well as the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold the office.
10. JOHN MAJOR
Term in office: 6 years and 156 days
Dates in office: November 28, 1990 – May 2, 1997
Famous for: Presiding over British participation in the Gulf War in March 1991 and negotiating the Maastricht Treaty in December 1991
Margaret Thatcher, the ‘Iron Lady’
11. TONY BLAIR
Term in office: 10 years and 57 days
Dates in office: May 7, 1997 – June 27, 2007
Famous for: Bringing Labour into the political centre. Oversaw the death of Princess Diana, the Good Friday agreement, implementation of devolved powers in Scotland and Wales, and the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
12. GORDON BROWN
Term in office: 2 years and 319 days
Dates in office: June 27, 2007 – May 11, 2010
Famous for: Reforming Britain’s monetary and fiscal policy architecture, but losing Labour’s hold on power and giving way to a Conservative Government.
Winston Churchill: Considered one of the 20th century’s most significant figures
13. DAVID CAMERON
Term in office: 6 years and 64 days
Dates in office: May 11, 2010 – July 13, 2016
Famous for: Implementing austerity to deal with the deficit, privatising the Royal Mail, legalising same-sex marriage, and calling the EU referendum.
14. THERESA MAY
Term in office: 2 years and 325 days
Dates in office: July 13, 2016 – stepping down soon
Famous for: Being the first Prime Minister to try take the UK out of the European Union since it joined 46 years ago.