PAST deputy Prime Ministers include political heavyweights such as Clement Atlee, Rab Butler and John Prescott.
But does Boris Johnson have a second in command, and what does the role holder actually do? Here’s the latest.
Who is the deputy prime minister of the UK?
Like many Prime Ministers, Johnson appears to have decided against appointing a deputy.
The role is always appointed at the discretion of the sitting PM.
David Cameron was the last to have one. His appointment of the then Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg from 2010-2015 worked to cement the coalition partnership.
The position is always given to a high-ranking Cabinet member, and first came about with Clement Atlee in 1942.
Of the nine deputy PMs, only Atlee and Anthony Eden have ever gone on to become Prime Minister.
Usually the office holder will have a separate ministerial office to carry out at the same time.
The role does hold similarities with First Secretary of State. Under Theresa May this office was held first by Damian Green, before the de facto deputy PM responsibility was carried out by David Lidington.
Dominic Raab was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office in 2019 – also said to have a similar functionality.
Who has held the office?
- Clement Attlee (1942-1945)
- Herbert Morrison (1945-1951)
- Anthony Eden (1951-1955)
- Rab Butler (1962-1963)
- William Whitelaw (1979-1988)
- Geoffrey Howe (1989-1990)
- Michael Heseltine (1995-1997)
- John Prescott (1997-2007)
- Nick Clegg (2010-2015)
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