‘Everyone needs a Willie’: The elusive position of deputy to the British prime minister

  title={‘Everyone needs a Willie’: The elusive position of deputy to the British prime minister},
  author={Jonathan Kirkup and Stephen Lascelles Thornton},
  journal={British Politics},
This article examines the post of deputy to the UK prime minster, an office officially ‘unknown to the constitution’. Employing a largely chronological approach, the article has two key objectives: to establish who and under what terms an individual might be considered a deputy to the prime minister – a list that is more expansive than those traditionally identified as ‘deputy prime minister’; to categorise these individuals to create a basic typology. Though more research will be required to… 
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