Famous 21st Century British Political Leaders

Find out more about the greatest 21st Century British Political Leaders, including David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, Tony Blair, George Osborne and Hilary Benn.

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 1 
Michael Portillo
(Journalist, Political Leader)

Michael Portillo
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Birthdate: May 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hertfordshire
Former Conservative MP from Enfield Southgate, and Kensington and Chelsea, Michael Portillo, later hosted the BBC documentaries Great British Railway Journeys and Great Continental Railway Journeys. A Thatcherite and an EU-sceptic, he gave rise to the term "Portillo moment" when he lost the Conservative Enfield Southgate seat in 1997.

 2 
Sadiq Khan
(Mayor of London)

Sadiq Khan
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Birthdate: October 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tooting, London
Sadiq Khan, the current mayor of London, has previously been the shadow secretary of state for transport and the minister of state for transport. He has also been a solicitor specialising in human rights. Named to Time 100, he has been praised for promoting tolerance reducing polluting vehicles in London.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg
(Politician)

Jacob Rees-Mogg
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Birthdate: May 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

Jacob Rees-Mogg is a British politician. Since 2019, he has been serving as Leader of the House of Commons. A controversial personality in British politics, Jacob Rees-Mogg is known for his traditionalist attitude, which has earned him the nickname Honourable Member for the 18th century. A conviction politician, Jacob Rees-Mogg's anachronistic upper-class mannerisms are often viewed as entertaining.

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 4 
Jo Cox
(Politician)

Jo Cox
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Birthdate: June 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Batley, West Yorshire, England, UK
Died: June 16, 2016

British MP and Labour Party politician Jo Cox had also worked with Oxfam. The world was shocked by the news of her brutal assassination in 2016. She was shot and stabbed multiple times by far-right terrorist Thomas Mair, who believed the white race was under threat due to leftist beliefs.

 5 
Jeremy Corbyn
(Leader of Opposition in British Parliament (2015 – 2020))

Jeremy Corbyn
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Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chippenham, Wiltshire, England

Jeremy Corbyn had served as the Labour Party leader and the leader of the opposition in the U.K. from 2015 to 2020. He earned the Gandhi International Peace Award for his anti-war stance. He has been serving as an Islington North MP since 1983. He calls himself a democratic socialist.

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Nicola Sturgeon
(First Minister of Scotland)

Nicola Sturgeon
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Birthdate: July 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon is a Scottish politician. Since 2014, Sturgeon has been serving as the leader of the Scottish National Party and first minister of Scotland. Being the first woman to serve in these positions, Nicola Sturgeon is seen as a major inspiration to women across Scotland.

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Rory Stewart
(Political Leader)

Rory Stewart
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Birthdate: January 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: British Hong Kong

The son of a soldier and intelligence officer, Rory Stewart was educated at Eton and Oxford and was also a tutor to princes William and Harry. Apart from being a diplomat and MP later, he also traveled across several countries on foot and wrote about this remarkable journey in a bestselling book.

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Glenda Jackson
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Birthdate: May 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birkenhead, Cheshire, England

Glenda Jackson is best known for her Academy Award-winning roles in the films Women in Love and A Touch of Class. She has also won two Emmys for playing Elizabeth I in the TV series Elizabeth R and a Tony for her role in the play Three Tall Women.

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Diane Abbott
(Former Shadow Home Secretary)

Diane Abbott
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Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom

 10 
Rachel Johnson
(Editor, Journalist)

Rachel Johnson
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Birthdate: September 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Rachel Johnson is a British television presenter, journalist, and author. She is known for appearing in panel discussion programs and debate programs, such as The Pledge and Question Time. A well-known novelist, Johnson served as a judge of the 2013 Women's Prize for Fiction, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the UK.

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John Bercow
(Former Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom)

John Bercow
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Birthdate: January 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edgware, London, England
Conservative politician John Bercow served as the Speaker of the House of Commons from 2009 to 2019 and was also an MP from Buckingham from 1997 to 2019. He became the first MP to be elected as the Speaker without having served as the Deputy Speaker, since Selwyn Lloyd. 

 12 
Amber Rudd
(Former Home Secretary of the United Kingdom)

Amber Rudd
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Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England

Amber Rudd is a former politician who served as the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions of the United Kingdom from 2018 to 2019. From 2016 to 2018, she served as Home Secretary under Prime Minister Theresa May. Also a humanitarian, Amber Rudd is part of an organization called Snowdon Trust, which helps disabled people access education.

 13 
George Osborne
(Politician, Economist)

George Osborne
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Birthdate: May 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England

Conservative Party politician George Osborne is the son of Osborne & Little co-founder Sir Peter Osborne. He initially aspired to be a journalist but started his career as an MP from Tatton and later served as the Chancellor Of The Exchequer and the First Secretary of State of the U.K.

 14 
Tony Blair
(Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)

Tony Blair
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Birthdate: May 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Former Labour Party leader Tony Blair was the prime minister of the U.K. from 1997 to 2007. He supported the U.S.’s “War on Terror.” Blair was the youngest British PM since 1812 and the longest-tenured from his party. He is known for introducing the “New Labour” and the “Third Way.”

 15 
Zac Goldsmith
(Member of House of Lords of the United Kingdom)

Zac Goldsmith
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Birthdate: January 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Westminster Hospital, London, United Kingdom

 16 
Martin McGuinness
(Politician)

Martin McGuinness
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Birthdate: May 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK [now Derry City, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK]
Died: March 21, 2017

Once the deputy minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness has also served as his country’s education minister. He had also been part of the Provisional Irish Republican Army during the Northern Ireland conflict. The Sinn Féin politician had a major role to play in the Good Friday Agreement.

 17 
George Galloway
(Politician, Columnist, Political writer, Radio personality)

George Galloway
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Birthdate: August 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dundee

 18 
Angela Rayner
(Politician)

Angela Rayner
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Birthdate: March 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockport, England

 19 
Dennis Skinner
(Member of Parliament for Bolsover (1970-2019))

Dennis Skinner
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Birthdate: February 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clay Cross, Derbyshire, England

 20 
Theresa May
(Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)

Theresa May
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Birthdate: October 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Eastbourne, United Kingdom

Theresa May is a British politician who became the United Kingdom's second female prime minister. She served as prime minister from 2016 to 2019. During her prime ministership, May's involvement in the Brexit negotiations gave rise to the Brexit withdrawal agreement. She is also credited with co-founding Women2Win, which promotes women empowerment.

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Ed Balls
(Political Leader)

Ed Balls
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Birthdate: February 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK

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Anna Soubry
(Political Leader)

Anna Soubry
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Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lincoln, England, United Kingdom

Anna Soubry is a British journalist, barrister, and former politician. A vocal critic of Brexit, Soubry left the Conservative Party in February 2019 in order to join the Independent Group for Change (Change UK). Subsequently, Anna Soubry was appointed as the party's leader before the disbandment of Change UK following the party's failure at the December 2019 general election.

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Kenneth Clarke
(Former Chancellor of the Exchequer)

Kenneth Clarke
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Birthdate: July 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England

 24 
Sebastian Coe
(Middle Distance Runner, Politician)

Sebastian Coe
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Birthdate: September 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith

Sebastian Coe is a politician and former athlete who represented Great Britain in two Olympic events. He won four Olympic medals including two gold medals as a middle-distance runner. In 2012, he was inducted into the IAAF Hall of Fame. The same year, Coe was honored at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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John Dennis Profumo
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Birthdate: January 30, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Died: March 9, 2006

John Dennis Profumo was a British politician who began his political career as a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons. He was in the military previously. As a politician, he had a  successful career until he began a sexual relationship with a young model named Christine Keeler. This affair ruined his image and ended his career. 

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Crispin Blunt
(Politician)

Crispin Blunt
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Birthdate: July 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Germany

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Diana Mitford
(Political Leader)

Diana Mitford
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Birthdate: June 17, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belgravia, Westminster, London, England
Died: August 11, 2003

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Yvette Cooper
(Political Leader)

Yvette Cooper
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Birthdate: March 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland, UK

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Tim Farron
(Politician)

Tim Farron
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Birthdate: May 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Preston

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Nick Clegg
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)

Nick Clegg
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Birthdate: January 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England

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Esther McVey
(Politician)

Esther McVey
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Birthdate: October 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

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Ken Livingstone
(Politician)

Ken Livingstone
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Birthdate: June 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lambeth

Ken Livingstone is an English politician who served as the mayor of London from the creation of the office in 2000 until 2008. He is a former member of the Labor Party and ideologically identified himself as a democratic socialist. During his tenure as the mayor, he introduced the congestion charge, articulated buses, and Oyster card. 

 33 
Emily Thornberry
(Politician)

Emily Thornberry
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Birthdate: July 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guildford, Surrey, England, UK

 34 
Justin Welby
(Politician)

Justin Welby
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Birthdate: January 6, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Justin Welby is the most senior bishop in the Church of England and the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury. In the past, he was the vicar of Southam, Warwickshire, and has also been the bishop of Durham. He is known for exploring the evangelical tradition within Anglicanism in his theology. He worked in the oil industry before his ordination. 

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Iain Duncan Smith
(Politician)

Iain Duncan Smith
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Birthdate: April 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh

 36 
Carrie Lam
(Politician)

Carrie Lam
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Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wan Chai, Hong Kong, England

Carrie Lam is a Hong Kong politician who has been serving as the Chief Executive of Hong Kong since 2017. From 2007 to 2012, she served as the Secretary for Development. From 2012 to 2017, Lam was the Chief Secretary for Administration. A controversial leader, Carrie Lam's administration witnessed the criminalization of the Hong Kong National Party.

 37 
John McDonnell
(Former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer)

John McDonnell
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Birthdate: September 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

 38 
Arlene Foster
(Political Leader)

Arlene Foster
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Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

 39 
David Davis
(Politician)

David Davis
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Birthdate: December 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: York, United Kingdom

 40 
Nadine Dorries
(Political Leader)

Nadine Dorries
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Birthdate: May 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

 41 
Neil Kinnock
(Politician)

Neil Kinnock
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Birthdate: March 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tredegar, Wales

 42 
William Hague
(Politician)

William Hague
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Birthdate: March 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wentworth, England

 43 
Vince Cable
(Political Leader)

Vince Cable
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Birthdate: May 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: York, England, UK

 44 
Michael Howard
(Politician)

Michael Howard
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Birthdate: July 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales, UK

Michael Howard is an English politician who served as Leader of the Opposition as well as Leader of the Conservative Party from 2003 to 2005. An influential politician, Michael Howard held cabinet positions like the Home Secretary, Secretary of State for the Environment, and Secretary of State for Employment under the premiership of John Major and Margaret Thatcher.

Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer
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Birthdate: September 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newbury, London, England
Died: October 21, 2016

 46 
John Prescott
(Politician)

John Prescott
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Birthdate: May 31, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prestatyn, Flintshire, Wales

Renowned British politician John Prescott had not just been the deputy leader of the Labour Party but had also served as deputy prime minister of the UK. Born to a railway signalman in Wales, he moved to England at age 4. He had also initially worked as a steward on passenger liners.

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Jess Phillips
(Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom)

Jess Phillips
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Birthdate: October 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom

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Alex Salmond
(Former First Minister of Scotland)

Alex Salmond
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Birthdate: December 31, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Linlithgow, United Kingdom

 49 
Liam Fox
(Politician)

Liam Fox
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Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East Kilbride, Scotland, UK

British politician Liam Fox has held important posts, such as that of the Secretary of State for International Trade and has also chaired the Conservative Party. He is also a qualified general physician and a former civilian army medical officer. He is married to a fellow doctor.

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Frances Barber
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Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England