EXPRESS.CO.UK POLL: Britain’s GREATEST post-war Prime Minister REVEALED – ‘OUTSTANDING!’
Margaret Thatcher is the resounding winner in our online poll asking readers who they consider to be the greatest post-World War II British Prime Minister. Mrs Thatcher secured an easy win, with one Tory MP heralding the result as a fair reflection of an “outstandingly strong leader” who would already have secured a Brexit victory if she were in power today. Meanwhile three was scant consolation for beleaguered Mrs May – the second woman, after Mrs Thatcher, to be British Prime Minister – who was the choice of just one percent of our readers.
The online poll ran on Express.co.uk between 3pm on May 10 and 3pm on May 11, with 12,709 votes cast.
Mrs Thatcher – dubbed the Iron Lady for her unflinching determination to win the best deal for Britain in Europe – romped home with well over 50 percent of the votes.
Her total of 7,824 (61.6 percent) was well over five thousand more than her closer challenge, Sir Winston Churchill.
Sir Winston, as well as being PM through World War 2, returned as leader in 1951, and picked up 2,554 votes (20.1 percent).
Tony Blair, the last Labour leader to occupy Number 10, was a distant third, with 520 votes (4.1 percent).
Clement Attlee, who led Labour to their landslide victory in the general election of 1945 which saw him replace Sir Winston as Prime Minister, took 446 votes (3.5 percent).
Next came Labour’s Harold Wilson, who served as Prime Minister from 1964 to 1970, and again from 1974 to 1976, with 317 votes (2.5 percent)
After him was Tory Harold Macmillan, who shortly after becoming Prime Minister in 1957, famously told voters they had “never had it so good”, serving as Prime Minister until 1963.
Mrs May took just 123 votes, putting her well down the pecking order, with Pro-EU Tory John Major close behind with 102 votes (0.8 percent), making him the only other former Prime Minister to break into three figures.
James Callaghan, who replaced Mr Wilson in 1976 and never actually won an election, was next with 88 votes (0.7 percent).
David Cameron, the man who called the 2016 EU Referendum and who quit the day after the result, took 84 votes, also equal to 0.7 percent of the total share, while Gordon Brown, who succeeded Mr Blair in very similar circumstances to those faced by Mr Callaghan in 2007, took 71 votes (0.5 percent).
Edward Heath, who took Britain into the European Economic Community (EEC), the forerunner of the EU, in 1973, was next with 43 votes, just over 0.3 percent of the total figure.
Tories Anthony Eden, who served as Prime Minister from 1955 to 1957 before his career was derailed by the Suez Crisis, and Alex Douglas-Home, who was Prime Minister from 19643 to 1964 after the resignation of Mr Macmillan, took 38 votes each, equal to 0.3 percent.
In addition, “don’t know” attracted 286 voters (2.25 percent).
Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski was not at all surprised by the results, telling Express.co.uk: “Margaret Thatcher inevitably won this poll as she is remembered as an outstandingly strong leader.
“A conviction politician who had strong beliefs and principles.
“Whether or not you agreed with her you always knew where she stood.
“Not only did she take on the Union bosses who were out of control and wrecking our economy but she also stood up to foreign aggressors who behaved irresponsibly like Saddam and Gaddafi as well as the Argentine Junta.
“If she was leading us today then I am quietly convinced that we would already be out of the EU and moving on to the even more important issues as to how we go going to be able to increase trade around the world and fortifying NATO.”
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