Ministerial role

Prime Minister


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
  • appoints members of the government
  • is the principal government figure in the House of Commons

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.


  1. PM Global Vaccine Summit closing remarks: 4 June 2020
  2. PM: Humanity must unite in the fight against disease
  3. PM statement at the coronavirus press conference: 3 June 2020
  4. PM Boris Johnson article on Hong Kong: 3 June 2020
  5. Prime Minister hails resilience of shielders as restrictions set to ease
  6. PM call with President Erdoğan of Turkey: 29 May 2020
  7. PM call with President Trump: 29 May 2020
  8. PM: Six people can meet outside under new measures to ease lockdown
  9. UK PM addresses Financing for Development event via video: 28 May 2020
  10. Prime Minister's statement on the five tests: 28 May 2020