Sir Anthony Seldon: Ten things a Prime Minister should do – or not do | The Institute for Government. The Institute for Government was delighted to welcome Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. As Winston Churchill said: 'In war you can be killed only once; in politics, many times.' How should the Prime Minister set out to achieve what she or he intends?
Has the rise of populist politics changed the job? Drawing on his unrivalled perspective as a leading contemporary historian and historical adviser to 10 Downing Street, Sir Anthony Seldon offered his view of how to be a good modern premier, how to avoid the pitfalls and clinch the successes. The event was chaired by Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government. Sir Anthony Seldon’s speech was followed by questions from Bronwen and a Q&A with the audience.
Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham since 2015, is a leading historian, educationalist, commentator and political author. @ifgevents #IFGSeldon Listen to the full event below. Theresa May's first 100 days: How she and past leaders shaped up.
The take-over: Prime Ministers without a popular mandate, 1916-2016. There are more or less two routes to becoming Prime Minister. You can either win a General Election or win a party leadership election to become head of the largest party when a Prime Minister leaves. Having just achieved the second route, Theresa May has become our ‘takeover’ leader. Here, Ben Worthy discusses the history of this route to power, its successes and – more often than not – its failures.
The table below shows the takeover PMs for the last 100 years, with the previous position, whether they won or lost the election, time in office, how they left office and their ranking as Prime Minister according to Professor Kevin Theakston’s 2004 expert survey. Takeover Prime Ministers 1916-2016  Pre 1965 Conservative party leaders were ‘chosen’ rather than elected  Not included here is Ramsay MacDonald. What are the patterns from history? One notable point is that takeover has been a very common route to the top. May’s exact route, however, is rather unusual. About the Author. Who will succeed David Cameron? A brief history of takeover Prime Ministers. Following David Cameron’s announcement that he will resign following the EU referendum, Ben Worthy assesses the experiences of Prime Ministers who have taken over mid-term, and considers what can be taken from this as we look forward to the upcoming Tory leadership battle.
David Cameron will not be Prime Minister by October, and is going even earlier than I predicted. So what does the past tell us about who might take over as Prime Minister, and how they might fare? Who, out of these runners and riders, will be next as First Lord of the Treasury? There’s generally two ways you can become Prime Minister in the UK through (i) winning a General Election (ii) winning a party leadership election (or in the pre-1965 Conservative party being ‘chosen’) to become head of the largest party when a Prime Minister leaves-see this great infographic here. Takeover Prime Ministers 1955-2010 Interestingly, of the 12 Post-war Prime Ministers almost half were actually takeovers.
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