Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman - Halkin Street, London, UK
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Quick Description: This London County Council blue plaque, to the former Prime Minister Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, is attached to a building on the south east side of Halkin Street at the junction with Grosvenor Place.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/10/2015 10:40:06 AM
Waymark Code: WMNNTC
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bill&ben
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Long Description:

The UK Government website tells us about Campbell-Bannerman:

 “Personally I am an immense believer in bed, in constantly keeping horizontal: the heart and everything else goes slower, and the whole system is refreshed.”

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman was the first man to be given official use of the title ‘Prime Minister’. Known as CB, he was a firm believer in free trade, Irish Home Rule and the improvement of social conditions.

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman was the son of the Lord Provost of Glasgow, and was educated at Glasgow High School and at Glasgow and Cambridge universities.

In 1868 he was elected the Liberal MP for Stirling Burghs. William Ewart Gladstone appointed him Financial Secretary at the War Office, and then Secretary of State for War in his next 2 governments. He held the position again under Lord Rosebery. Later, he became the Liberal leader, and was seen as ‘a safe pair of hands’.

The Liberals split over the Boer War, with David Lloyd George joining Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman in condemning the campaign. He himself caused a public uproar by refusing to take back his remarks about Kitchener’s “methods of barbarism” being used to win the war.

Following Arthur James Balfour’s resignation in 1905, Edward VII invited Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, as leader of the next largest party, to form a government. He accepted the King’s offer.

His government became known for being strong and efficient, and he skilfully ensured that it embraced all wings of the Liberal party.

The Liberals went on to win the 1906 election. Following this win, he restored independence to the Transvaal and the Orange Free State (both parts of South Africa), and clashed with the Lords over an Education Bill.

Blue Plaque managing agency: London County Council

Individual Recognized: Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

Physical Address:
6 Grosvenor Place
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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