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British prime ministers: power and success

Anthony Seldon, biographer of prime ministers from Major to May, analyses why some are more powerful and successful than others

Statue of Margaret Thatcher at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands

All A-level exam boards require analysis and evaluation of the factors that influence prime ministerial power and of the ability of prime ministers to dictate events and determine policy. Cross-topic links lie in the relationships that exist between the branches of government: executive, legislature and judiciary.

Newspapers love to run polls about the UK’s best and worst prime ministers, but why is it that some prime ministers wield significant power with considerable success, and others do not?

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