Research and analysis

'The First Intelligence Prime Minister' by Daniel Larsen, University of Cambridge

This essay about the prime minister David Lloyd George and his use of intelligence was submitted for a competition.


The first intelligence prime minister: David Lloyd George (1916-1922)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format.

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.


In 2012, as part of a competition, post graduate students were invited to submit an article under the heading Prime Ministers and their use of intelligence. This article was originally intended for a wide popular audience rather than being written as a scholarly piece. In the event it was decided not to go forward with the competition.

Daniel Larsen is a Junior Research Fellow-Elect at Trinity College, Cambridge, 2013 to 2017. At the time of writing, he was completing his PhD at Christ’s College, Cambridge, and had a number of articles published or forthcoming in scholarly journals, including Intelligence and National Security, the International History Review, and Diplomatic History. His primary research interests are in the foreign polices of the United Kingdom and the United States in the early twentieth century, with a special focus on the role of intelligence.

Published 8 February 2013