List of current heads of government in the United Kingdom and dependencies

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In the United Kingdom, various titles are used for the head of government of each of the countries of the United Kingdom, Crown Dependencies, and Overseas Territories. Following elections to the assembly or parliament, the party (or coalition) with a majority of seats is invited to form a government. The monarch (in the United Kingdom) or governor / lieutenant governor (in the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies) appoints the head of government, whose council of ministers are collectively responsible to the assembly.

The head of the British government is referred to as the prime minister, the leader of one of the constituent countries is referred to as a first minister, and the terms chief minister and premier are used in the Overseas Territories. In the Crown Dependencies, the term chief minister is used in all apart from Guernsey, where the leader is referred to as the president of the Policy and Resources Committee.

Government of the United Kingdom[edit]

Prime Minister Portrait Since Party Ref
Rishi Sunak 25 October 2022
(15 months ago)
 (2022-10-25)
Conservative [1]

Devolved governments[edit]

Note: As England does not have a devolved government, all English affairs are governed by the UK government.
Country Position Name Portrait Since Party[note 1] Ref
Northern Ireland[2] First Minister Michelle O'Neill 3 February 2024
(21 days ago)
 (2024-02-03)
Sinn Féin [3]
deputy First Minister Emma Little-Pengelly Democratic Unionist Party
 Scotland First Minister Humza Yousaf 29 March 2023
(10 months ago)
 (2023-03-29)
Scottish National Party [4]
 Wales First Minister Mark Drakeford 13 December 2018
(5 years ago)
 (2018-12-13)
Welsh Labour [5]

Crown Dependencies[edit]

Crown dependency Position Name Portrait Since Party Ref
 Bailiwick of Guernsey P&RC President Lyndon Trott 13 December 2023
(2 months ago)
 (2023-12-13)
  Future Guernsey [6]
 Bailiwick of Jersey Chief Minister Lyndon Farnham 30 January 2024
(25 days ago)
 (2024-01-30)
Independent
 Isle of Man Chief Minister Alfred Cannan 12 October 2021
(2 years ago)
 (2021-10-12)
Independent [7]

Overseas Territories[edit]

Overseas Territory Position Name Portrait Since Party Ref
 Anguilla Premier Ellis Webster 30 June 2020
(3 years ago)
 (2020-06-30)
Anguilla Progressive Movement [8]
 Bermuda Premier Edward David Burt 19 July 2017
(6 years ago)
 (2017-07-19)
Progressive Labour Party [9]
 British Virgin Islands Premier Natalio Wheatley 5 May 2022
(21 months ago)
 (2022-05-05)
Virgin Islands Party [10]
 Cayman Islands Premier Julianna O'Connor-Connolly 15 November 2023
(3 months ago)
 (2023-11-15)
United People's Movement [11]
 Falkland Islands
 Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo 9 December 2011
(12 years ago)
 (2011-12-09)
Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party [12]
 Montserrat Premier Easton Taylor-Farrell 19 November 2019
(4 years ago)
 (2019-11-19)
Movement for Change and Prosperity [13]
 Pitcairn Islands Mayor Simon Young 1 January 2023
(13 months ago)
 (2023-01-01)
Independent [14]
 Saint Helena Chief Minister Julie Thomas 25 October 2021
(2 years ago)
 (2021-10-25)
Independent [15]
 Turks and Caicos Islands Premier Washington Misick 20 February 2021
(3 years ago)
 (2021-02-20)
Progressive National Party

Timeline[edit]

Ieuan Wyn JonesMike German, Baron GermanMark DrakefordCarwyn JonesRhodri MorganMichelle O'NeillMartin McGuinnessSeamus MallonPeter Robinson (Northern Ireland politician)David TrimbleJohn SwinneyNicola SturgeonNicol StephenJim WallaceNicola SturgeonAlex SalmondJack McConnellDominic RaabWilliam HagueJohn PrescottDominic RaabNick CleggJohn PrescottRishi SunakBoris JohnsonTheresa MayDavid CameronGordon BrownTony Blair

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This column names only the leader's party. The executive they are heading may be a coalition of parties and independents; those are not listed here.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sunak officially becomes prime minister after meeting King". BBC News. 25 October 2022. Retrieved 2022-10-25.
  2. ^ The First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland is a diarchy.
  3. ^ "Michelle O'Neill appointed Northern Ireland's first nationalist first minister". BBC News. 2024-02-03.
  4. ^ Torrance, David (27 Mar 2023). "How is a First Minister of Scotland appointed?". House of Commons Library. Retrieved 28 Mar 2023.
  5. ^ "Wales new First Minister is sworn in". BBC News. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Guernsey States elects Lyndon Trott as senior politician". BBC News. 16 October 2020. Retrieved 19 December 2023.
  7. ^ Cannan, Alf (12 October 2021). "Isle of Man: Alfred Cannan elected new chief minister". BBC News.
  8. ^ "Dr. Ellis Lorenzo Webster sworn in, as APM takes over in Anguilla". Anguilla News. 1 July 2020. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Bermuda profile". BBC News. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Dr Wheatley sworn in as Premier! New cross-party gov't also installed". BVINews. 5 May 2022. Retrieved 5 May 2022.
  11. ^ "United People's Movement Secures the Government". Cayman Islands Government. 16 November 2023. Retrieved 16 November 2023.
  12. ^ "Gibraltar profile – Leaders". BBC News. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Montserrat Election 2019". Archived from the original on 2019-12-03. Retrieved 2020-01-11.
  14. ^ "Approved Council Minutes" (PDF). Pitcairn Island Council. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  15. ^ Inaugural Meeting of Legislative Council – Councillor Julie Thomas elected as Chief Minister Government of Saint Helena