How often have you had your own thoughts on the actions and performance of parliamentarians at large and ministers in particular? Fortunately this particular story has never been repeated!
It was on this day – Monday 11th May 1812 – that Spencer Perceval, the Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom was shot dead in the lobby of the House of Commons. The assassin was John Bellingham, a merchant and broker who bore a grudge against the British government for failing to help him when he was in severe legal and financial difficulties abroad.
Spencer Perceval is the only British prime minister to have been killed while in office.
The whole story of John Bellingham’s life and death is told on: