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 Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob Rees-Mogg.
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 2 Michael Portillo

Michael Portillo.
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Famous As: Journalist, Political Leader
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.
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 3 Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer.
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Famous As: Talk Show Host, Former Politician, Former News Anchor
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

English-born American television presenter, actor, politician, and musician Jerry Springer is a multifaceted man. A qualified lawyer, he shifted to politics from law as a young man. After a few years, he moved to journalism and found considerable success. As a TV presenter, he is best known for the tabloid talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. 

 4 Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon.
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Famous As: First Minister of Scotland
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.

 5 Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rochdale, England

 6 Theresa May

Theresa May.
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Famous As: Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
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.

 7 Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn.
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Famous As: Politician, Trade Unionist
Birthdate: May 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chippenham

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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 8 Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan.
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Famous As: Mayor of London
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.

 9 Jo Cox

Jo Cox
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 10 Amber Rudd

Amber Rudd.
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Famous As: Former Home Secretary of the United Kingdom
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.

 11 Dominic Raab

Dominic Raab
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire, England

 12 Diane Abbott

Diane Abbott.
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Famous As: Former Shadow Home Secretary
Birthdate: September 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom

 13 Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson.
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Famous As: Editor, Journalist
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.

 14 Glenda Jackson

Glenda Jackson.
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Famous As: Actress
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.

 15 Priti Patel

Priti Patel
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

 16 Ed Balls

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

 17 Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt.
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Famous As: Former British Foreign Secretary
Birthdate: November 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kennington, London, England

 18 Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart.
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: January 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: British Hong Kong

 19 Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fitzrovia, London, England

 20 Tony Blair

Tony Blair.
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Famous As: Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
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.”

 21 George Osborne

George Osborne
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Famous As: Politician, Economist
Birthdate: May 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paddington

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.

 22 Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bath, Somerset, England, UK

 23 Zac Goldsmith

Zac Goldsmith.
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Famous As: Member of House of Lords of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: January 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Westminster Hospital, London, United Kingdom

 24 Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, UK

 25 Dennis Skinner

Dennis Skinner.
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: February 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clay Cross, United Kingdom

 26 Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg.
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Famous As: Former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: January 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, England

 27 Iain Duncan Smith

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

 28 Anna Soubry

Anna Soubry.
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: December 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lincoln, England, United Kingdom

 29 Martin McGuinness

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

 30 Philip Hammond

Philip Hammond
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 4, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Epping

 31 Arlene Foster

Arlene Foster.
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: July 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

 32 Angela Rayner

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

 33 Sebastian Coe

Sebastian Coe.
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Famous As: Middle Distance Runner, Politician
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. 

 34 Esther McVey

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

 35 Carrie Lam

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

 36 Emily Thornberry

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

 37 Kenneth Clarke

Kenneth Clarke.
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Famous As: Former Chancellor of the Exchequer
Birthdate: July 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, England

 38 Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne

Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 14, 1855
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 7, 1944

 39 David Davis

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

 40 Samantha Cameron

Samantha Cameron
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Famous As: Housewife, Businessperson
Birthdate: April 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paddington

 41 Liam Fox

Liam Fox
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Famous As: Politician
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.

 42 Tim Farron

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

 43 Nigel Lawson

Nigel Lawson
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Editor
Birthdate: March 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampstead

 44 John McDonnell

John McDonnell.
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Famous As: Former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Birthdate: September 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

 45 Ken Livingstone

Ken Livingstone
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Famous As: Politician
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. 

 46 Neil Kinnock

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

 47 Crispin Blunt

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

 48 Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: March 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland, UK

 49 William Hague

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

 50 Jess Phillips

Jess Phillips.
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Famous As: Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: October 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Birmingham, United Kingdom