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116th anniversary of resignation of the last Prime Minister with a beard, Lord Salisbury

In Uncategorized on July 11, 2018 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front press release

11th July

Contact Keith Flett 07803 167266

116th Anniversary of the resignation of the last Prime Minister with a beard

The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has noted that July 11th marks the 116th anniversary since the last British Prime Minister with a beard, Lord Salisbury resigned by underlining the possibility that his successor may soon be in No.10 Downing St in the form of Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Lord Salisbury (1839-1903) was a Conservative, and a noted imperialist, being opposed to Irish Home Rule. He is probably more remembered today for his magnificent beard.

The campaigners say that with the latest Tory Brexit crisis including the comings and goings of several clean-shaven men in suits the possibility of a beard in No.10 Downing St has increased.

Several Prime Ministers since Lord Salisbury in 1902 have had facial hair, including moustaches worn by Attlee and Macmillan, but none has had a beard.

Jeremy Corbyn has won the vote for Parliamentary Beard of the Year a record seven times in 2001, 2007, 2001, 2012 (jointly with John Randall) 2014, 2015, 2016. He was ineligible in 2017 but was voted Beard of the Year instead.

BLF organiser Keith Flett said, It is more than time that there was a Labour Prime Minister with beard, as, for that matter, is it also time that a woman Labour MP did the job

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