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It has almost been 300 years since Sir Robert Walpole arguably became the first holder of the office of Prime Minister in 1721 - an office which today is under scrutiny like never before. The Prime Ministers series of 55 podcasts brings to life all 55 of Britain's 'First Among Equals' through interviews with the authors of all 55 essays in Iain Dale’s new book The Prime Ministers: Three Hundred Years of History. From the obscure 18th-century figures like the Earl of Shelburne and Henry Pelha ...
 
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This week Iain Dale speaks to Professor Jeremy Black, Emeritus Professor of history at the University of Exeter about the life and Premiership of Thomas Pelham-Holles, better known as the first Duke of Newcastle, who served as Prime Minister for more than 7 years in two separate terms from 1754-56 and from 1757 to 1762. He was our fourth Prime Mini…
 
Iain Dale talks to Robert Saunders, reader in British history at Queen Mary University of London about the life and career of Sir Robert Peel, who served as Prime Minister twice, from 1834-5 and 1841-6. He is most remembered for creating the modern police force and for the repeal of the Corn Laws. He is also seen by many as the founder of the moder…
 
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