1st class: Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, Clement
Attlee, Winston Churchill
97p: William Gladstone, Robert Peel, Charles Grey, William Pitt the Younger
Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven
... was the first female Prime Minister, winning three elections. Her governments extended privatisation, increased home ownership and reformed trade union law, as well as fighting the 1982 Falklands War.
Harold Wilson, Lord Wilson of Rievaulx
A shrewd tactician, Harold Wilson promised a new Britain forged in the ‘white heat’ of technology. He held Britain’s first national referendum, extended university education and passed major reforms of race relations and sexual equality.
Clement Attlee, 1st Earl Attlee
... was deputy Prime Minister during the Second World War and won a landslide election in 1945. His governments founded the NHS, established the mixed economy and created a ‘cradle to grave’ welfare state, modelled on the Beveridge Report.
Sir Winston Churchill
... led Britain through the Second World War, delivering some of the greatest speeches of modern times. A successful historian and artist, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature and warned of an ‘Iron Curtain’ between Western and Eastern Europe.
William Ewart Gladstone
Four times Prime Minister and an MP for 60 years, Gladstone was the ‘Grand Old Man’ of British politics. He reformed the electorate, the tax system and primary education, but his support for Irish self-government split the Liberal Party.
Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet
... founded the Conservative Party, established the Metropolitan Police and reintroduced income tax. He reformed the church and cut taxes on food, but he divided his party in 1846 by repealing the Corn Laws.
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey
As Prime Minister, Grey passed the ‘Great’ Reform Act of 1832, laying the foundations for the modern electoral system. His government abolished slavery in the British Empire and introduced the ‘New’ Poor Law.
William Pitt the Younger
... became Prime Minister at just 24 and led Britain into the Napoleonic Wars. He reformed the government of India, established the income tax and passed the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland.
The stamps were designed by 'Together' and are printed by International
Security Printers in lithography. The 35mm square stamps are perf
14.5 in sheets of 24/48 with all-over phosphor.
The stamps will be issued in two sheets with four se-tenant designs per sheet, enabling customers to buy a vertical strip of any individual.
Products issued, available from Royal Mail:
Set of 8 stamps (2 strips of 4) -- First day cover -- Presentation pack -- Stamp cards (set of 8)
A Coin Cover will be issued on 24 January 2015 to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill. The cover will include a new £5 coin and a special postmark.
Postmarks available for the day of issue are shown here. These postmarks cannot be obtained after the date of issue. The images shown here may not be to scale. Permanent postmark Ref L11067 London SW1 showing Big Ben is also relevant
Ref FD4196TH Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark "The main essentials of a successful Prime Minister... are sleep and a sense of history" - Harold Wilson
Ref FD1419PL "First Lord of the Teasury" London SW1 Official Postmark
|Ref M13230 Britain's First Woman Prime Minister, Grantham, Lincs
|Ref M13231 Prime Ministers, Churchill Road, Birmingham
Ref N13232 20th Anniversary Association of Great Britain First Day Cover Collectors, Huyton, Liverpool
|Ref L13228 Vision Courage Boldness Leadership Statesmanship, The Churchill Centre, Churchill Oxford
British Prime Ministers, Downing Street, Westminster, London SW1
'Grand Old Man', Liverpool (referring to William Gladstone)
'The Iron Lady' (referring to Margaret Thatcher)
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