Have any British prime ministers been assassinated?
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