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Quiz about Prime Ministerial Constituencies
Quiz about Prime Ministerial Constituencies

Prime Ministerial Constituencies Quiz


This quiz attempts to find out how much you know about those who have led the British people as prime minister. I will give you a constituency and with a little clue you name the politician who served there. Enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by jonnowales. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
jonnowales
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
294,612
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Constituency: Huntingdon. This British Conservative prime minister introduced the 'Back to Basics' initiative and had an extramarital affair with a fellow MP! He was instrumental in withdrawing from the ERM (Exchange Rate Mechanism) and thus commencing a long period of economic and financial growth. Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Constituency: Cardiff South East (and others based in Cardiff). This British Labour prime minister was the first person to hold all four 'Great Offices of State' at one time or another. Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Constituency: Finchley. This British prime minister was disparagingly known as "Milk Snatcher" after ceasing the free school milk policy whilst minister for education. Furthermore, this prime minister will forever be linked with the poll tax and the Falkland Islands. Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Constituency: Oldham (as well as Epping). This British wartime prime minister is known worldwide for his famous "V" gesture and his fondness for cigars. He was prime minister on more than one occasion. Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Constituency: Sedgefield. This politician was leader of the UK for ten years. During his decade in power he oversaw a period of sustained economic growth, but, his successes were marred and overshadowed by the public's reaction to the war in Iraq. Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Constituency: Old Bexley and Sidcup. This Prime Minister had a well known dislike for the first ever female Prime Minister of the UK. He represented the Conservative Party and was the leader of Britain from 1970 to 1974. Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Constituency: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. This minister was famous for dropping a common British income tax band from 22% to 20% as chancellor then infamous for raising another income tax band from 10% to 20% as prime minister. Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Constituency: Limehouse. This British prime minister succeeded Winston Churchill after a landslide victory in the 1945 general election. During his time in office, Aneurin Bevan set up one of the most famous national medical institutions in the world. Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Constituency: Birmingham Ladywood. This British prime minister is famous, or perhaps infamous, for his declaration of "...peace for our time". This Conservative leader was in charge of the country from 1937 to 1940. Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Constituency: Ormskirk (later representing Huyton). This British prime minister was in power from 1964 to 1970 and in a later period from 1974 to 1976. He was in power during the Third Cod War. Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Constituency: Huntingdon. This British Conservative prime minister introduced the 'Back to Basics' initiative and had an extramarital affair with a fellow MP! He was instrumental in withdrawing from the ERM (Exchange Rate Mechanism) and thus commencing a long period of economic and financial growth.

Answer: John Major

John Major, British prime minister from 1990 to 1997, was the local MP for the Cambridgeshire constituency of Huntingdon. He was ousted as prime minister (though retained his own parliamentary seat) in the 1997 general election in which the Labour party headed by Tony Blair won by a landslide.

The Exchange Rate Mechanism led Britain into what is known as 'Black Wednesday' where interest rates shot up to an astonishing 15% in order to stop the zealous marketing and trading of the British pound sterling.

The MP John Major had an extra-marital affair with was Edwina Currie.
2. Constituency: Cardiff South East (and others based in Cardiff). This British Labour prime minister was the first person to hold all four 'Great Offices of State' at one time or another.

Answer: James Callaghan

James Callaghan was the prime minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 through 1979. During this time he led the country through what is now infamously known as the "winter of discontent" which was a prolonged period of strikes over Callaghan's policy of pay restraint.The four British great offices of state are:
Prime Minister,
Chancellor,
Foreign Secretary,
Home Secretary.
3. Constituency: Finchley. This British prime minister was disparagingly known as "Milk Snatcher" after ceasing the free school milk policy whilst minister for education. Furthermore, this prime minister will forever be linked with the poll tax and the Falkland Islands.

Answer: Margaret Thatcher

The first ever female British prime minister (1979 - 1990) was also one of the most controversial leaders of the 20th century. The extent of the division in public opinion was evident even at the turn of the millennium with many members of the British electorate refusing to vote Conservative after how they faired under the rule of the "Iron Lady". Only in by-elections of 2008 (18 years after Lady Thatcher's rule ended) did it appear that the Conservatives were building back substantial support from the electorate; even in traditional Labour heartlands such as Crewe & Nantwich.
4. Constituency: Oldham (as well as Epping). This British wartime prime minister is known worldwide for his famous "V" gesture and his fondness for cigars. He was prime minister on more than one occasion.

Answer: Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Spencer-Churchill was the prime minister of the UK on two separate occasions; firstly from 1940-1945 (during WWII) and later in the post-war period of 1951-1955. Churchill was the face of the British wartime effort against the fascist movements of Germany and Italy.

His heavily interventionist attitude was in stark contrast to the appeasing nature of his predecessor, Neville Chamberlain, which made the man with one of the most famous speech impediments in modern history a perfect choice for a wartime leader.
5. Constituency: Sedgefield. This politician was leader of the UK for ten years. During his decade in power he oversaw a period of sustained economic growth, but, his successes were marred and overshadowed by the public's reaction to the war in Iraq.

Answer: Tony Blair

Tony Blair was the face of "New Labour" and all that it entailed; mainly the incarnation of a form of avid centrism known as the "Third Way". Many people have called this centrism a compromise between socialism and capitalism.
Blair and his long-time chancellor, Gordon Brown, initially continued with the economic policies of the preceding Conservative government led by John Major with Kenneth Clarke as chancellor. This ensured a smooth transition of power and brought the new Labour government success. Regarding Labour's social policy, there was reasonable success. Most notably, the decades long campaign by gay rights activists, including Stonewall, gained support from the vast majority of Labour MPs and resulted in legislation allowing the civil partnerships of homosexuals. This was a controversial issue for many in the religious communities and amongst ardent traditionalists.

The Labour government under Blair will forever be connected, however, with the war in Iraq. Those against the war will claim the decision to go to war as a disaster due to the tragic loss of the lives of many hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis. Those for the war will state that a despotic leader, Saddam Hussein, was overthrown.
6. Constituency: Old Bexley and Sidcup. This Prime Minister had a well known dislike for the first ever female Prime Minister of the UK. He represented the Conservative Party and was the leader of Britain from 1970 to 1974.

Answer: Edward Heath

Conservative PM, Edward Heath, was responsible for inducting Great Britain into the European Economic Community (EEC), now known as the European Union (EU), in 1973.
7. Constituency: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. This minister was famous for dropping a common British income tax band from 22% to 20% as chancellor then infamous for raising another income tax band from 10% to 20% as prime minister.

Answer: Gordon Brown

The first few months of Gordon Brown's premiership went rather well. One of his main highlights, along with his home secretary, Jacqui Smith, was his perceived tough stance on terrorism and crime after dealing with the car bomb incident at Glasgow Airport.

However, his fortunes seemed to turn and his popularity took a nosedive after a series of blunders and moments of incompetency. Such blunders included serious miscalculations regarding the 10p tax band and his implementation of retrospective road and car taxes. The public reaction to such blunders in what was already a period of global economic turbulence manifested in by-election losses for the government in what were considered safe Labour seats.

These losses were to the Conservatives and the SNP (Scottish National Party) in Crewe & Nantwich and Glasgow East respectively.
8. Constituency: Limehouse. This British prime minister succeeded Winston Churchill after a landslide victory in the 1945 general election. During his time in office, Aneurin Bevan set up one of the most famous national medical institutions in the world.

Answer: Clement Attlee

The medical institution in question was the National Health Service (NHS) created in 1948, just three years after WWII, and initially provided free treatment for all. Over time this idea of free treatment for all proved economically difficult to achieve and henceforth prescriptions would cost.

This institution set up under the leadership of Attlee (prime minister from 1945 through 1951) became one of the UK's greatest employers in modern times employing doctors, nurses, cleaners, pharmacists and medical scientists amongst other professions.
9. Constituency: Birmingham Ladywood. This British prime minister is famous, or perhaps infamous, for his declaration of "...peace for our time". This Conservative leader was in charge of the country from 1937 to 1940.

Answer: Neville Chamberlain

Chamberlain's policy of appeasement towards Adolf Hitler and fascist expansionism is one of the more well known parts of recorded history. The scene etched into the mind of every enthusiast of history and politics; Prime Minister Chamberlain clutching a document whilst surrounded by the press as he claims, in what turns out to be one of the greatest ever examples of irony, quote,"My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time".

As everybody knows, peace was not quite what Europe and the wider world received. Neville Chamberlain was also featured on the cover of an edition of "Time" magazine for his activity as chancellor of the exchequer (19th June 1933 edition).
10. Constituency: Ormskirk (later representing Huyton). This British prime minister was in power from 1964 to 1970 and in a later period from 1974 to 1976. He was in power during the Third Cod War.

Answer: Harold Wilson

Harold Wilson, a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford, had to deal with a part of the crisis known as the Cod Wars during his premiership. This was a disagreement between the UK and Iceland regarding fishing rights. Eventually an international agreement was met with an Icelandic Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) being legally recognised, but, with a set maximum of 24 trawlers from the UK entitled access to the zone.
Source: Author jonnowales

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