Ministerial role

Prime Minister

Responsibilities

The Prime Minister is the leader of Her Majesty’s Government and is ultimately responsible for the policy and decisions of the government.

As leader of the UK government the Prime Minister also:

  • oversees the operation of the Civil Service and government agencies
  • chooses members of the government
  • is the principal government figure in the House of Commons

As Minister for the Union, the Prime Minister works to ensure that all of government is acting on behalf of the entire United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Boris Johnson became Prime Minister on 24 July 2019. He was previously Foreign Secretary from 13 July 2016 to 9 July 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in May 2015. Previously he was the MP for Henley from June 2001 to June 2008.

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Previous holders of this role

Find out more about previous holders of this role in our past Prime Ministers section.