It has almost been 300 years since Sir Robert Walpole arguably became the first holder of the office of Prime Minister in 1721 - an office which today is under scrutiny like never before. The Prime Ministers series of 55 podcasts brings to life all 55 of Britain's 'First Among Equals' through interviews with the authors of all 55 essays in Iain Dale’s new book The Prime Ministers: Three Hundred Years of History. From the obscure 18th-century figures like the Earl of Shelburne and Henry Pelham to 20th-century titans like Churchill and Thatcher, these podcasts provide a much-needed reminder about their motivations, failures and achievements.
Iain Dale talks to Robert Saunders, reader in British history at Queen Mary University of London about the life and career of Sir Robert Peel, who served as Prime Minister twice, from 1834-5 and 1841-6. He is most remembered for creating the modern police force and for the repeal of the Corn Laws. He is also seen by many as the founder of the modern Conservative Party.
Iain Dale talks to Richard Gaunt, Associate Professor in History at the University of Nottingham, about the life of William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, who served twice as Prime Minister, from April-December 1783 and 1807 to 1809.
Iain Dale talks to former Education Secretary Baroness Nicky Morgan about the life and career of Lord North, the Prime Minister who “lost the colonies”. He served as PM from 1770-1782, but was he the complete failure that we imagine?
Iain Dale talks to Sir Anthony Seldon and Mark Garnett on the 300th anniversary of the office of Prime Minister. Sir Anthony’s new book is called THE IMPOSSIBLE OFFICE and Mark Garnett’s book is THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER IN AN AGE OF UPHEAVAL.
Iain Dale talks to Lord Bellingham, Henry Bellingham, about the life and premiership of Spencer Perceval who served as Prime Minister from 1809 until his assassination by Henry Bellingham’s kinsman, John Bellingham, in 1812.
Iain Dale talks to political academic Mark Garnett about the life and premiership(s) of William Pitt the Younger who became Prime Minister at the age of 24 in 1783. He resigned in 1801 and served briefly again as Prime Minister between 1804 and his death in late 1805.
Iain Dale talks to political academic Nigel Fletcher about the Earl of Derby who served three times as Prime Minister from 23 February to 17 December 1852, 20 February 1858 to 1 June 1859, and 28 June 1866 to 25 February 1868.
Iain Dale talks to Mark Fox about Britain’s first Prime Minister who served in the office from 1721-1742. You can order the book, THE PRIME MINISTERS, which accompanies this podcast series from all good bookshops.
Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, KG, PC, often known as Jim Callaghan, was a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1976 to 1980. Iain discusses his impact with political analyst Lewis Baston.
In the first of this series of 55 podcasts on British prime ministers, LBC’s Iain Dale talks to historian and Telegraph columnist Simon Heffer about the life of one of Britain’s greatest prime ministers, the Liberal William Ewart Gladstone. He served as prime minister for a total of 12 years in four separate terms between 1868 and 1894.