Have any Bri­tish prime min­is­ters been as­sas­si­nated?

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Just one – Spencer Perce­val, the Tory MP for Northamp­ton, who was prime min­is­ter from 1809 un­til May 1812. His as­sas­sin was John Belling­ham, a Hunt­ing­don­shire-born mer­chant who har­boured a mur­der­ous grudge against the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment. Belling­ham had in­curred se­vere busi­ness losses in Rus­sia and had also been im­pris­oned there. On his re­turn to Bri­tain, he tried to re­cover com­pen­sa­tion from the gov­ern­ment for his losses, but was turned down. De­cid­ing to take his re­venge on the gov­ern­ment, he en­tered the lobby of the House of Com­mons with a pair of pis­tols on 11 May 1812. When Perce­val passed by, he shot him in the chest and then calmly sat down on a bench and waited to be ar­rested. A week later, he was hanged for mur­der.

Spencer Perce­val took a bul­let for his gov­ern­ment’s ac­tions

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