Talk:Broad Bottom ministry
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The period covered by the Premiership of Henry Pelham, who was PM from 27 August 1743 seems to 'straddle' the Carteret Ministry and this Ministry. In other words, the period covered by the Carteret Ministry seems to 'straddle' the Premierships of Spencer Compton, 1st Earl of Wilmington, who was PM until his death on 2nd July 1743, and Henry Pelham. The normal practice in 'Ministry' articles seems to be that a Ministry begins and ends with the term of a Prime Minister. The only exception is where a change in the party composition of the Ministry is counted as producing two successive Ministries under the same PM - e.g. Asquith in 1915, MacDonald in 1931, Chamberlain in 1939, Churchill in 1945. I therefore suggest that either: -
1. July/August 1743 should be taken as the end of what could be called the 'Wilmington/Carteret Ministry' and the beginning of what could be called the 'First Pelham Ministry', or
2. The Carteret Ministry should be sub-divided into what could be called the 'Wilmington/Carteret Ministry' and what could be called the 'Pelham/Carteret Ministry'.
End of Ministry
Why does the Ministry end in 1746? Bath is not normally counted as PM - see discussion at . I suggest that the periods should be continued till the Ministry ended with Pelham's death in 1754. This would be consistent with his page  which has a single section for his term as PM, and the 'List of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom' page at  which also shows a single term.