Why are so many of our political leaders childless?

By Kathy Gyngell

In the last hundred years Mrs May is only the second Prime Minister of Britain after Mr Heath to be childless. For the main part, large not small families have been the Prime Ministerial norm – from David Lloyd George, who had at least five, through to David Cameron, who had four (though tragically losing one, Ivan, at the age of six).

Bonar Law, Stanley Baldwin and Ramsay MacDonald had six apiece, Churchill five, Clement Attlee and Harold Macmillan and Tony Blair four. The modern (two plus two) nuclear family arrived with Harold Wilson, a trend that Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Gordon Brown continued. They all had a personal investment in the future.

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