John Winston Lennon (born October 9, 1940) was the 9th Prime Minister of the Republic of England, serving from 1999 to 2005. Prior to this, he had served as MP for South Liverpool since 1996, and as Labour Party leader since 1998. Lennon was Field Marshal for the English Republican Army from 1992 to 1995, when he aprubtly retired in protest against the Cleese ministry's overseas actions and belligerent attitude, despite having been appointed his post by Cleese.
He was a Special Operations officer for his entire military career and was known in governmental circles as "Spectacles" or "Mr. Specs" due to his round eyeglasses and his dealings in shadowy paramilitary affairs. Despite this, Lennon was an ardent supporter of the denuclearisation of England, a firm believer in detente, vocally defensive of the integrity of the military whenever members of Parliament questioned it, and a proponent of English self-sufficiency, as well as center-left economic reforms including an expansion of collective bargaining rights removed during the early Cleese years, a redistribution of MPs expenses, opposition to the British Free Trade Zone, and favored expanded trade options with France. He was a vocal opponent of the Cyrene War, feeling that the ERA was a defensive force only and highly critical of the Mitt Romney administration's use of NATO forces to keep American troops out of harm's way in North Africa. Although he eventually praised the successful June 1997 invasion of Scotland and English support of NATO troops in Cyrene, he was opposed to the conflicts on principle, a stand which eventually won him critical support in the anti-war faction of the Labour Party.
His enormous popularity among liberals and, later, most centrists for standing up to the Cleese and Stuart governments did not translate to his own ministry once elected in the Labour victory of 1999 - he unfortunately was in office during the recession following the prosperous 1990's and lost to Jeremy Irons and the Tories in 2005. He was, however, the first Labour Prime Minister and party leader to win reelection since Donald Sutcliffe in 1969. Lennon's term was noted for his centrist approach to governing, especially with his narrow majority following the 2002 general election, and the frustration many left-wing elements in Labour felt with his disinclination to aggressively pursue their long-dormant agendas. His rise to power - having served a single term in Parliament prior to his assumption of the office of Prime Minister - is one of the most rapid rises to electoral power in history.