Famous 21st Century British Political Leaders

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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 
Jeremy Corbyn
(Leader of Opposition in British Parliament from 2015 to 2020)
Jeremy Corbyn
14
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.

 3 
Glenda Jackson
(English Actress and Politician Known for Her for Role as ‘Gudrun Brangwen’ in the Film ‘Women in Love’)
Glenda Jackson
4
Birthdate: May 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birkenhead, England
Died: June 15, 2023

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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 4 
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.
 5 
Rory Stewart
(British Politician Who Served as Minister in Theresa May's Cabinet)
Rory Stewart
5
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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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.

 7 
Angela Rayner
(Politician)
Angela Rayner
4
Birthdate: March 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockport, England
 8 
Diane Abbott
(Former Shadow Home Secretary)
Diane Abbott
8
Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom
 9 
Amber Rudd
(Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (2018 - 2019))
Amber Rudd
6
Birthdate: August 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England, United Kingdom

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.

 10 
Ed Balls
(Political Leader)
Ed Balls
4
Birthdate: February 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norwich, United Kingdom
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 11 
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.”

 12 
Zac Goldsmith
(British Politician Serving as Minister of State for Overseas Territories, Commonwealth, Energy, Climate and Environment)
Zac Goldsmith
5
Birthdate: January 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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John Bercow
(Former Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom)
John Bercow
8
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. 
 14 
Dennis Skinner
(Member of Parliament for Bolsover (1970-2019))
Dennis Skinner
5
Birthdate: February 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clay Cross, Derbyshire, England
 15 
George Galloway
(Politician, Columnist, Political writer, Radio personality)
George Galloway
5
Birthdate: August 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dundee
 16 
George Osborne
(Politician, Economist)
George Osborne
5
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.

 17 
Yvette Cooper
(Political Leader)
Yvette Cooper
4
Birthdate: March 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland, UK
 18 
Kenneth Clarke
(Former Chancellor of the Exchequer)
Kenneth Clarke
4
Birthdate: July 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England
 19 
Crispin Blunt
(Politician)
Crispin Blunt
4
Birthdate: July 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Germany
 20 
Michael Foot
(Politician)
Michael Foot
4
Birthdate: July 23, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Died: March 3, 2010
 21 
Chris Patten
(Chancellor of the University of Oxford (Since 2003))
Chris Patten
4
Birthdate: May 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cleveleys, Lancashire, England
 22 
Neil Kinnock
(Politician)
Neil Kinnock
4
Birthdate: March 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tredegar, Wales
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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.

 24 
Tim Farron
(Politician)
Tim Farron
4
Birthdate: May 27, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Preston
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Alex Salmond
(Scottish Politician and Economist Who Served as First Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014)
Alex Salmond
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Birthdate: December 31, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Linlithgow
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer
(Politician)
Raine Spencer, Countess Spencer
4
Birthdate: September 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newbury, London, England
Died: October 21, 2016
 27 
Betty Boothroyd
(Politician)
Betty Boothroyd
3
Birthdate: October 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dewsbury, England, United Kingdom
 28 
John McDonnell
(British Politician Who Served as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2015 to 2020)
John McDonnell
5
Birthdate: September 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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Ken Livingstone
(English Politician and Mayor of London from 2000 to 2008)
Ken Livingstone
4
Birthdate: June 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England

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. 

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John Prescott
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997 - 2007))
John Prescott
4
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
4
Birthdate: October 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Liam Fox
(British Politician and the Member of Parliament for North Somerset)
Liam Fox
5
Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East Kilbride, Scotland

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.

 33 
Michael Howard
(British Politician and Leader of the Opposition (2003 - 2006))
Michael Howard
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Birthdate: July 7, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gorseinon, Swansea, Wales

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.

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Vince Cable
(Political Leader)
Vince Cable
4
Birthdate: May 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: York, England, UK
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Jeremy Hunt
(Former British Foreign Secretary)
Jeremy Hunt
6
Birthdate: November 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kennington, London, England
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Frances Barber
(Actress)
Frances Barber
4
Birthdate: May 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Anna Soubry
(British Barrister, Journalist and Member of Parliament for Broxtowe (2010 - 2019))
Anna Soubry
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Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

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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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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Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington
(Politician)
Charles Wellesley, 9th Duke of Wellington
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Birthdate: August 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windsor, England
 40 
Morgan Mason
(Politician)
Morgan Mason
3
Birthdate: June 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
 41 
Nick Griffin
(British Politician)
Nick Griffin
3
Birthdate: March 1, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barnet, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
 42 
Clement Freud
(Former Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom)
Clement Freud
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Birthdate: April 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: April 15, 2009

Better known as the grandson of Sigmund Freud, Clement Freud was a broadcaster who made a name as a panelist on the BBC Radio 4 show Just a Minute. He was also a Liberal MP. His reputation was tainted later, after he was accused of molesting several underage girls.

 43 
David Lammy
(Politician)
David Lammy
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Birthdate: July 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tottenham, London, England, UK
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Ed Miliband
(Politician)
Ed Miliband
5
Birthdate: December 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fitzrovia, London, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Nigel Farage
(Member of the European Parliament for South East England (1999-2020))
Nigel Farage
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Birthdate: April 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Farnborough, Kent, England

Former United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage later launched and led the Brexit Party. Born to affluent parents in Kent, he was educated at the prestigious Dulwich College. The Times Briton of the Year of 2014, he had also hosted his own radio show, The Nigel Farage Show.

 46 
Rachel Johnson
(Editor, Journalist)
Rachel Johnson
5
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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Sajid Javid
(Politician)
Sajid Javid
5
Birthdate: December 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rochdale, England
 48 
Tessa Jowell
(Politician)
Tessa Jowell
3
Birthdate: September 17, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Died: May 12, 2018
 49 
Hilary Benn
(Politician)
Hilary Benn
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Birthdate: November 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith
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Gavin Williamson
(Politician)
Gavin Williamson
5
Birthdate: June 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Scarborough, England