GEOGRAPHICAL DEMOGRAPHICS OF OXFORD’S PRIME MINISTERS… …Midwifery Trivia

It is a well-known fact that Oxford has given Britain many Prime Ministers; twenty-eight in fact. Teenagers taken under the wings of the University. Educating and nurturing an assortment of characters in various colleges. Developing a multitude of political leanings before spitting them out in the direction of Whitehall. Where, after internships, failed candidacies, becoming an MP, then a Minister they became lodgers in Downing Street; generally, number 10, at times number 11 if greater space was required. At time of writing, all but one has called in the removal lorry to let the next one move in. But where did these once innocent (?) teenagers enter the world? Scousers, Geordies, Cockneys or Brummies? With little or no help from their accents, here’s a breakdown by areas (even countries) of where the 28 midwives done the deed:

LONDON:

  • William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (PM 1766-68)
  • Frederick North, Lord North (1770-1782)
  • Henry Addington, 1st Viscount Sidmouth (1801-04)
  • Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (1812-27)
  • George Canning (1827)
  • Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Roseberry (1894-95)
  • Clement Richard Atlee, 1st Earl Atlee (1945-51)
  • Harold Macmillan, 1st Earl Stockton (1957-63)
  • Alec Douglas Home, Baron Home of Hirsel (1963-64)
  • David William Donald Cameron (2010-16)

SOUTH EAST:

  • George Grenville (1763-65)
  • William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville (1806-07)
  • Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury (1885-86, 1886-1892 & 1895-1902)
  • Sir Edward Richard George (Ted) Heath (1970-74)
  • Theresa Mary May (2016-2019)

NORTH EAST:

  • H. H. Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith (1908-16)
  • Anthony Eden, 1st Earl of Avon (1955-57)
  • James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievanlx (1964-70 & 1974-76)

NORTH WEST:

  • Sir Robert Peel (1834-35 & 1841-46)
  • Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (1852, 1858-59 & 1866-68)
  • William Ewart Gladstone (1868-74, 1880-1885,1896 & 1892-94)

MIDLANDS:

  • Spencer Compton, 1st Earl 0f Wilmington (1742-43); our second Prime Minister.
  • William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland (1783 & 1807-09)
  • Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher (1979-90)

SOUTH:

  • Henry Pelham (1743-54)


SOUTH WEST:

  • NONE!

DUBLIN:

  • William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne (1782-83)

EDINBURGH:

  • Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (1997-2007)

NEW YORK:

  • Alexander Boris de Pfeffl Johnson (2019- )

So, forget race, culture, colour, class, sex, inside leg or how you like your eggs, let alone exam grades, Oxford does not promote those from the South-West to the position of Prime Minister. It did nearly happen, I suppose, in the form of Donkey Jacket wearing, Plymouth born, Michael Mackintosh Foot who didn’t quite make it in 1983.

All interesting stuff; I hope. Comments appreciated as always please…

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