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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

head of Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is the head of government of the United Kingdom. The current office holder is Boris Johnson took office, following Theresa May's resignation on 24 July 2019.

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
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Royal Coat of Arms of Her Majesty’s Government.
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Incumbent
Boris Johnson

since 24 July 2019
StylePrime Minister
(informal)
The Right Honourable
(formal)
(UK and Commonwealth)
His Excellency
StatusHead of Government
Residence10 Downing Street
SeatWestminster
First holderSir Robert Walpole

Boris Johnson was selected for office by an election of the 160,000 members of the UK's Conservative and Unionist Party and winning against his rival Jeremy Hunt.

The Prime Minister is normally, but not necessarily, the leader of the political party which wins most seats after a general election - of which 650 are available over the United Kingdom. Voters vote for their own local MP, not for the Prime Minister.

The first Prime Minister was Robert Walpole in the eighteenth century, but he was known as the First Lord of the Treasury. The first person to be officially called "Prime Minister" was Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman in 1905.

Other well-known prime ministers include Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. The Prime Ministers live and work at No.10 Downing Street or their country retreat Chequers House while in office.

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