Who is the most right-wing British Prime Minister ever?
According to Labour leadership contender Owen Smith, Tory PM Theresa May is set to be the most right-wing UK Prime Minister ever.
You’d expect better from Mr Smith given his distinguished family background. No doubt Ms May is right-wing but there is no need to over-estimate her.
Lord Liverpool, a Tory, (1812-27) who presided over the Peterloo Massacre in 1819,introduced the repressive Six Acts that cracked down on democratic political activity and introduced the 1825 anti-union Combination Acts is a serious contender for the title.
Earl Grey who was a Liberal (1830-34) is also up there. He was PM when the Tolpuddle Martyrs stood trial and he introduced the Poor Law and the Workhouse. On the plus side he abolished slavery (as it was then).
Winston Churchill, Tory, (1951-1955) presided over various often bloody imperial events including the Korean War and the Mau Mau revolt.
Margaret Thatcher, Tory, (1979-1990) Falklands War, miners strike, poll tax. An impressive record
Tony Blair, Labour (1997-2007) not an obvious right-winger by some distance compared to the other contenders but features primarily because of the Iraq War.