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Winston Churchill 1945

A wartime portrait of Churchill emphasises his tenacity and determination.
A wartime portrait of Churchill emphasises his tenacity and determination.
© Camera Press/Yousuf Karsh

Coalition Caretaker Government
23 May 1945 - 26 July 1945

At the end of the war in Europe, pressure mounted for the return of 'normal' party politics. This culminated in the withdrawal of the Labour Party from the coalition and the decision to hold a general election in early July 1945. While arrangements to allow large numbers of overseas servicemen to vote were made, a caretaker government under Winston Churchill governed the country.

Cabinet members
Position Name Dates
Prime Minister & Minister for Defence W. Churchill 23 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Lord President Lord Woolton 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Lord Privy Seal Lord Beaverbrook 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir J. Anderson 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs A. Eden 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Secretary of State for Home Affairs Sir D. Somervell 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
First Lord of the Admiralty B. Bracken 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries R. Hudson 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Secretary of State for Air H. Macmillan 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Secretary of State for the Colonies O. Stanley 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Secretary of State of the Dominions Viscount Cranborne 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Secretary of State for India and Burma L. Amery 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Minister for Labour and National Service R. Butler 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Minister for Production O. Lyttelton 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Secretary of State for Scotland Earl of Rosebery 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
President of the Board of Trade O. Lyttelton 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45
Secretary of State of War Sir J. Grigg 25 May 45 - 26 Jul 45