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WikiProject on British Government


This WikiProject defines conventions for the succession tables that should be located at the very end of every member of the British government who held one of the enumerated offices defined later on this page.


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Each article on a member of the British government should include, at the bottom, a succession table (defined in the Succession Tables section below), and a link to several relevant categories. Additionally, Prime Ministers have a specific infobox.


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No classification of this project has been defined.


  1. To facilitate navigation between members of a similar office, and to illustrate a specific statesman's passage through various different positions throughout his political career.

General strategy and discussion forums[edit]

Succession Tables[edit]

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{{succession box | title=[[Name of Position]] | years=xxxx–yyyy | before=[[Name of Preceding Statesman]] | after=[[Name of Succeeding Statesman]]}}
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There are specific conventions for peers:

Other conventions:

  • When noting a statesman who is preceding the guy you're writing about, use the most senior title he had when he left office. Therefore, Robert Walpole should not be noted as The Earl of Orford on Spencer Compton's page, even though he became Earl of Orford immediately after leaving his position as Prime Minister.
  • When noting a statesman who is following the guy you're writing about, use the most senior title he had when he entered office. For some cases, exceptions may be made: Alec Douglas-Home should probably not be termed "The Earl of Home".

Date conventions:

  • Use – for dates. Please don't use —, although hyphens are not as bad.
  • When the given person served during only one year, simply write the year: 1999. If he/she served for more than two years, write out both years: 1986–1987.


Most statesmen/politicians should fit under one or more of these categories, although many don't:

Offices that take succession tables[edit]

The following officers take succession tables:

Royal/ ceremonial officers:

Cabinet and Parliament:


Law officers/ judges:

Church of England:

  • Archbishops
  • Diocesan bishops

Church of Ireland:

  • Archbishops
  • Diocesan bishops

Church in Wales: