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Prime Ministers of the UK

How many people can you name who have served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom?
Since the 1707 Acts of Union
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Last updated: October 26, 2022
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First submittedAugust 17, 2011
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Term
Party
Prime Minister
2022–
Conservative
Rishi Sunak
2022
Conservative
Liz Truss
2019–2022
Conservative
Boris Johnson
2016–2019
Conservative
Theresa May
2010–2016
Conservative
David Cameron
2007–2010
Labour
Gordon Brown
1997–2007
Labour
Tony Blair
1990–1997
Conservative
John Major
1979–1990
Conservative
Margaret Thatcher
1976–1979
Labour
James Callaghan
1974–1976
Labour
Harold Wilson
1970–1974
Conservative
Edward Heath
1964–1970
Labour
Harold Wilson
1963–1964
Conservative
Alec Douglas-Home
1957–1963
Conservative
Harold Macmillan
1955–1957
Conservative
Anthony Eden
1951–1955
Conservative
Winston Churchill
1945–1951
Labour
Clement Attlee
1940–1945
Conservative
Winston Churchill
1937–1940
Conservative
Neville Chamberlain
1935–1937
Conservative
Stanley Baldwin
1929–1935
Labour /
National Labour
Ramsay MacDonald
1924–1929
Conservative
Stanley Baldwin
1924
Labour
Ramsay MacDonald
1923–1924
Conservative
Stanley Baldwin
1922–1923
Conservative
Andrew Bonar Law
1916–1922
Liberal
David Lloyd George
1908–1916
Liberal
Herbert Asquith
1905–1908
Liberal
Henry Campbell-
Bannerman
1902–1905
Conservative
Arthur Balfour
1895–1902
Conservative
Marquess of Salisbury
1894–1895
Liberal
Earl of Rosebery
1892–1894
Liberal
William Gladstone
1886–1892
Conservative
Marquess of Salisbury
1886
Liberal
William Gladstone
1885–1886
Conservative
Marquess of Salisbury
1880–1885
Liberal
William Gladstone
1874–1880
Conservative
Benjamin Disraeli
1868–1874
Liberal
William Gladstone
1868
Conservative
Benjamin Disraeli
Term
Party
Prime Minister
1866–1868
Conservative
Earl of Derby
1865–1866
Liberal
Lord John Russell
1859–1865
Liberal
Lord Palmerston
1858–1859
Conservative
Earl of Derby
1855–1858
Whig
Lord Palmerston
1852–1855
Peelite
Earl of Aberdeen
1852
Conservative
Earl of Derby
1846–1852
Whig
Lord John Russell
1841–1846
Conservative
Robert Peel
1835–1841
Whig
Lord Melbourne
1834–1835
Conservative
Robert Peel
1834
Tory
Duke of Wellington
1834
Whig
Lord Melbourne
1830–1834
Whig
Earl Grey
1828–1830
Tory
Duke of Wellington
1827–1828
Tory
Viscount Goderich
1827
Tory
George Canning
1812–1827
Tory
Lord Liverpool
1809–1812
Tory
Spencer Perceval
1807–1809
Tory
Duke of Portland
1806–1807
Whig
Lord Grenville
1804–1806
Tory
William Pitt the Younger
1801–1804
Tory
Henry Addington
1783–1801
Tory
William Pitt the Younger
1783
Whig
Duke of Portland
1782–1783
Whig
Earl of Shelburne
1782
Whig
Marquess of Rockingham
1770–1782
Tory
Lord Frederick North
1768–1770
Whig
Duke of Grafton
1766–1768
Whig
William Pitt the Elder
1765–1766
Whig
Marquess of Rockingham
1763–1765
Whig
George Grenville
1762–1763
Tory
Earl of Bute
1757–1762
Whig
Duke of Newcastle
1756–1757
Whig
Duke of Devonshire
1754–1756
Whig
Duke of Newcastle
1743–1754
Whig
Henry Pelham
1742–1743
Whig
Earl of Wilmington
1721–1742
Whig
Sir Robert Walpole
106 Recent Comments
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Level 82
Jul 24, 2019
How did Johnson get elected? I thought he was deeply unpopular. Is he liked by conservatives?
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Level 70
Jul 24, 2019
He wasn't elected by the general population, only by the Conservative Party. And yes, he is liked by conservatives.
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Level 82
Jul 24, 2019
I understood the procedure just surprised that anyone likes him. But I'm still surprised daily by the amount of support Trump gets from Republicans.
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Level 70
Jul 24, 2019
It is at least partially because he was one of the leading figures in the campaign to leave the EU. Jeremy Hunt supported remain. And there is the Trump-ness aspect as well. There are many similarities between Johnson and Trump, though obviously Trump is worse.
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Level 78
Jul 24, 2019
I guess many people support him because "politicians are all corrupt and politics is a farce anyway". They feel that guys like Trump and Johnson "bring some fresh air" and construe their lack of manners and low intellectual level as "being honest".
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Level 70
Jul 30, 2019
Ironic, then, that Trump and to a lesser extent BoJo are two of the least honest politicians I can think of.
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Level 78
Jul 30, 2019
Hence the ironic quotes.
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Level 75
Aug 12, 2019
Johnson does not have a 'low intellectual level' - he was educated at Eton and Oxford! He is actually a very intelligent man who convincingly plays a person more stupid for the popularity - a difficult act to pull off!
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Level 82
Oct 5, 2019
Common tactic by fascists and other dishonest people. Liars will try to get you to believe that everyone lies. The corrupt will try to convince you that everyone is corrupt. Those detached from reality will try to get you to believe in alternative facts or that everything is subjective and partisan.
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Level 78
Nov 29, 2019
markasol - you are right about Johnson.
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Level 85
Jul 24, 2019
He's hugely popular amongst Conservatives, though detested by many of them too. Last poll I saw found him still to be the most popular Conservative in the country at large too, and the Tories are terrified of getting wiped out at the next election so, despite him being a loose cannon, they are playing it safe in a way. Not sure if his schtick translates at all internationally but he has a certain articulate but bumbling charisma that people here seem to warm to in spite of his many flaws and frequent gaffes. And after a string of charisma-free vacuums for PM it's totally possible that people will choose to vote for Bojo the clown come election time. Everything's felt like a circus for the last few years anyway...
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Level 72
Jul 24, 2019
Bojo or Corbyn. That's really not much of a choice at all. In an ideal world you would tell both parties to go away and come back with sensible leaders.
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Level 87
Jul 24, 2019
MoSt AMerIcAns oNly KnOW ThREe
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Level 83
Jul 24, 2019
How long, I wonder, before this quiz has to be updated again?
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Level 65
Jul 24, 2019
hahha! yes hopefully very very soon. The Clown has arrived.
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Level 73
Jul 24, 2019
Petition to accept 'Bojo' as a type-in??
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Level 77
Jul 25, 2019
American and got 12 right. 6 I knew and 6 I just guessed popular last names.
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Level 89
Jul 27, 2019
The large number of US-centric quiz takers are certainly skewing the statistics so loyal Englishmen can be in a higher percentile.
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Level 28
Jul 29, 2019
55/55! I've been studying each prime-minister and what they're known for for months :)
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Level 20
Sep 9, 2019
42/55 I'm American
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Level 55
Oct 5, 2019
54/55, ran out of time. Slow typer
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Level 65
Nov 2, 2019
12 out of 55 and im english
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Level 84
Nov 5, 2019
Looks like William Gladstone is overdue to be re-elected again.
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Level 85
Jan 2, 2020
Where's Francis Urquehart?
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Level 21
Mar 15, 2020
55/55 and I'm french...I'm in the top10 of the french players of jetpunk
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Level 60
May 6, 2020
How do you write coloured text in the caveat for the parties? I tried it in my quiz and it doesn't work. Please help.
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Level ∞
May 7, 2020
You have to use HTML. Try copying this quiz to see how I did it.
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Level 51
May 14, 2020
Got Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Chruchill, Boris Johnson, and Duke of Wellington. I am 9 and I live in NJ.
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Level 29
Jul 19, 2020
I never knew some Prime Ministers only served for one year
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Level 85
Oct 26, 2022
In some cases, one month!
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Level 67
Jul 31, 2020
22/55, and Dutch. Pretty pleased, but i'll have to admit, i got some of 'm on guessing general British sounding names, or very vague memories (i studied history, but didn't focus on British political history......current one is 'fascinating' though. xD ).
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Level 47
Aug 20, 2020
20/55 and I'm American, I don't if I should feel accomplished or not.
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Level 48
Aug 23, 2020
pew, I got 20/55 and actually I am korean
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Level 48
Aug 23, 2020
pew, I got 20/55 and actually I am korean
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Level 47
Oct 6, 2020
D'oh!

54, stumbled as I began to type Boozy's name and ran out of time. First time I've managed to remember all the early nineteenth century aristos, doubt if I'll achieve that again :-/

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Level 42
Oct 23, 2020
Please accept Walpole for Robert Walpole
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Level 42
Nov 1, 2020
Also Genesis your comment is listed twice
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Level 8
Mar 1, 2021
9/55, although im a brazilian. btw the crown helped me lol
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Level 43
Mar 18, 2021
I spent half the time trying to spell Attlee XD (please accept "attley" or "attly" for my poor tired brain)
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Level 38
Jun 27, 2021
I got 35/55. I live in Australia. But no one knows anyone but Thatcher, Johnson, Churchill, and Chamberlain... Just me!
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Level 26
Jul 22, 2021
Well, I got 50/55 and I'm English, the other five I didn't know. Everyone must know Johnson, Thatcher and Churchill?!
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Level 61
Aug 20, 2021
4/55

Most Americans only know three

I AM NOT MOST AMERICANS!

(I am not even American, am 1/2 Filipino 1/2 Chinese)

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Level 83
Sep 8, 2022
I feel like you're being overly proud about what is really not that great a result.
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Level 46
Feb 15, 2024
Do you live in America?
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Level 64
Sep 14, 2021
I am shocked that Sir Robert Walpole (the first PM) is as far down as it is.
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Level 46
Sep 24, 2021
Got 50/55, only PM since the 20th century I missed was Balfour
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Level 70
Nov 21, 2021
Lord North is probably the only one Americans are more likely to get than Brits. We learned about him in our units on the Revolution.
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Level 60
Nov 25, 2021
I watch the Simpsons, so Barney Gumble has taught me three of them...
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Level 48
Jan 4, 2022
Surprised Lord Palmerston and Pitt the Elder (and therefore Younger) aren't more guessed lol.
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Level 48
Jan 4, 2022
Got 15. Would've been 12 if not for the Simpsons.
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Level 45
Mar 15, 2022
I got 39! Yay, by the way I just guessed last names for some of them
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Level 21
May 31, 2022
Annoying that I'm asked to name the Prime Ministers, but then it changes the names to their titles!

However, helping me brush up on my history.

The only one that I forgot was Balfour, so not a bad first attempt.

Thanks for your time and effort in creating this quiz.

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Level 55
Jul 7, 2022
Update will almost certainly be needed soon. One of the most dramatic and biggest implosions in Downing Street's history.
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Level 55
Oct 14, 2022
Yeah, I didn't think British politics could get any messier. Turns out it can.
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Level 55
Oct 20, 2022
It got even messier again. Quiz will need to be updated soon.
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Level 57
Jul 28, 2022
I’m surprised Lord North is so low, at least from an American perspective! We learned about him a lot in the context of leading up to the revolution
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Level 60
Aug 16, 2022
This quiz needs to be updated soon in light of Boris Johnson resigning.
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Level 66
Sep 5, 2022
About to be updated. And every time around you think it can't possibly get worse...
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Level 72
Sep 7, 2022
I suspect it will need updating again soon
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Level 66
Sep 7, 2022
We can but hope...
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Level 71
Oct 20, 2022
Looks like you were both right. And I thought you couldn't get any worse than Boris Johnson. Let's hope the next Prime Minister is a real functioning adult.
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Level 35
Sep 5, 2022
With the results, Liz Truss is a soon-to be PM, better update soon.
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Level 84
Sep 6, 2022
It's official now.
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Level 60
Sep 7, 2022
American, got 13, including some help from The Simpsons and Family Guy for Pitt the Elder, Lord Palmerston, and Benjamin Disraeli
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Level 60
Sep 7, 2022
Barney Gumble and Wade Boggs gave me 3 of them...
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Level 88
Sep 7, 2022
English here. I’ve had to retake this a couple of times in recent years, so i’m up to 54/56 now i’ve scraped the rust off. I suspect i’ll be doing all this again soon! One more go to get those remaining 2.
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Level 71
Sep 7, 2022
Given the fast turnover rate of recent British Prime Ministers, I think most Americans probably know more than 3 by now!
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Level 67
Sep 7, 2022
I wonder who will be the next PM in 2025.
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Level 88
Sep 8, 2022
It’ll be sooner than that. I give it a year.
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Level 67
Oct 20, 2022
A year was rather generous of you, as it turns out ;-)
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Level 68
Nov 2, 2022
Either Keir Starmer or Angela Rayner with any luck
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Level 62
Sep 8, 2022
I kept futilely typing Harriet Jones.
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Level 22
Sep 8, 2022
I named 8 as a Guatemalan American
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Level 56
Sep 8, 2022
I don't even know why I tried this, lol
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Level 75
Sep 9, 2022
The average score is 18, I pressed give up on 43 and only got 4 points!?
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Level 51
Sep 9, 2022
I believe you need to get either 100% correct or be in the top 5% to get 5 points.
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Level 75
Nov 5, 2022
Yeah, I pressed give up thinking I had surely made it into the top 5%!
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Level 43
Sep 9, 2022
If not by the comments, I would only guess Liz Truss, Boris Johnson, Theresa May, Margaret Thatcher, Winston Churchill, and the I'd give up lol
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Level 37
Sep 21, 2022
I'm not even an island mon... erm, Bri'ish, but I did guess somewhat better at around 25 or so on first try.

But essentially all those people only referred to by them being the Duke of Witherchestershirehamington or whatever I had no clue about.

But come on, people like Sir Robert Walpole, John Major and Clement Attlee are really not that hard to recall, are they? ^^

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Level 79
Oct 7, 2022
Is that Inselaffe you were about to say??
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Level 60
Oct 20, 2022
And... here we go again
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Level 53
Oct 21, 2022
Liz Truss has resigned, becoming the shortest-serving prime minister in British history.
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Level 50
Oct 22, 2022
Yeah. From what I hear, she was terrible. Like why does she lower taxes for rich people and not poor people?! The poorer people need the money way more than the rich people who 1 of them makes enough money to feed an entire town for a month!
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Level 86
Oct 27, 2022
Good thing the next Prime Minister won't do that! :)
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Level 68
Nov 2, 2022
Shortest serving and most useless...so far! Let's see how Sunak get's on if they are not going to let us have an early general election
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Level 50
Oct 22, 2022
I'm American. I got 4, and then just started typing in common British names. :D*

Does that :D even look like a smiley face?

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Level 88
Oct 24, 2022
Due for yet another appearance of this one. (As soon as Rishi Sunak is invited to form a Government by King Charles III tomorrow.)
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Level 48
Oct 24, 2022
You’ve probably already hear about this, but Liz Truss resigned her position as the prime minister, so you should probably update this quiz.
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Level 35
Oct 25, 2022
Well, Rishi Sunak is the new PM, yes, Liz Truss DID only last a month and a couple days in office.
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Level 53
Oct 25, 2022
Rishi Sunak is now the official Prime Minister.
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Level 59
Oct 26, 2022
yeah i think they know mate
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Level 64
Oct 26, 2022
Quiz to be updated in about 5 minutes, if the last weeks are anything to go by
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Level 84
Oct 27, 2022
I'm surprised that so few got Lord Palmerston. Does no one watch The Simpsons?
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Level 88
Oct 28, 2022
48/57 on first attempt. (But it was only a couple of months the last time I did this.) 20th Century is easy. In fact I know everyone back to Balfour by rote. Most 19th and over half 18th. I’ll have memorised the rest by lunchtime and then I can start forgetting again!
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Level 83
Oct 28, 2022
How about *This quiz will be updated at most once a year*
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Level 75
Nov 1, 2022
Don't wanna waste my time so I'll wait a week or two before retaking this quiz...
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Level 78
Nov 3, 2022
Musical chairs in 10 Downing St!
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Level 78
Nov 3, 2022
Darn it, forgot Walpole and Perceval!
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Level 82
Nov 4, 2022
I got 44 this time. Forgot stupid John Major... but... good enough. Not going to get that 5th point without cheating.
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Level 28
Nov 4, 2022
pls new pm every day so i can get more than half of them
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Level 48
Nov 7, 2022
i came here just for a badge
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Level 61
Nov 18, 2022
It never ceases to amuse me that there was a prime minister named Bonar Law. I've read or heard his name so many times, and it never stops being funny to me.
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Level 34
Dec 5, 2022
I am Italian and I only know Chruchill. Too much knowledge
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Level 29
Dec 8, 2022
You should accept Uncle Bob for Salisbury.
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Level 19
Feb 13, 2023
100%
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Level 74
Oct 1, 2023
Thank you, The Crown, for helping me get the few points I did get. (In my own defen[s|c]e, I'm American and y'all seem to have a new PM every fourth Tuesday these days. Liz Truss' staff didn't even have to change the bog roll before she was out.)