Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

1836 - 1908

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
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Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman

Politician and Prime Minister of Britain between 1905 and 1908. Born and educated in Glasgow, the son of a Lord Provost of the City. Elected as Liberal Member of Parliament for Stirling (1868), he served under Gladstone as Chief Secretary for Ireland. Campbell-Bannerman opposed the Boer War and advocated comprehensive social reforms. In doing so established himself as one of the most progressive figures within his party.

He took office on the resignation of Arthur Balfour (1848 - 1930) in 1905 and went on to lead the Liberal Party to a landslide victory in the 1906 General Election. Importantly, Campbell-Bannerman gave David Lloyd-George his first government posts, who was responsible for many reforms, including the introduction of pensions for elderly citizens.

Campbell-Bannerman was awarded the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh in 1907. He became seriously ill and died within days of resigning as Prime Minister. He is buried at Meigle in Angus, close to his home at Belmont Castle.

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