Ernest Holt

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Portrait of Ernest Holt

Prime Minister of England

Predecessor TBD
Successor Charles Armstrong

Leader of the Social Democratic Party

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Successor TBD

Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic Party

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Successor TBD

Minister for Agriculture

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Born 1880
Died 1967
Spouse Mary Holt
Political Party Social Democratic Party
Profession Trade Unionist, Politician

Ernest Holt (1880=1967) was an English Social Democrat politician who served as Prime Minister of England from 1945 to 1951, as well as Leader of the Social Democratic Party from 1940 to 1955.

Holt led the SDP to a landslide election victory in 1945.

The Holt government was one of the most radical and reforming in English history, nationalising key sectors of the economy, inluding the railways, steel and coal industries. Holt also built an expansive welfare state, including universal health insurance, universal pensions and unemployment benefit.

Following the defeat of 1951 Holt continued to lead the SDP in opposition, before retiring aged 75 in 1955. He remained a backbench member of parliament until his death in 1967.

Early Life

Political Career


Post Premiership