Second Disraeli ministry
Benjamin Disraeli was appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom for a second time by Queen Victoria after William Ewart Gladstone's government was defeated in the 1874 general election. Disraeli's foreign policy was seen as immoral by Gladstone, and following the latter's Midlothian campaign, the government was heavily defeated in the 1880 general election, whereupon Gladstone formed his second government. The ailing Disraeli, by now created Earl of Beaconsfield, died in April 1881.
|Second Disraeli ministry|
Disraeli as Lord Beaconsfield (1877)
|Date formed||20 February 1874|
|Date dissolved||21 April 1880|
|People and organisations|
|Prime Minister||Lord Beaconsfield|
|Total no. of ministers||108 appointments|
|Member party||Conservative Party|
|Status in legislature||Majority|
|Opposition party||Liberal Party|
|Election(s)||1874 general election|
|Outgoing election||1880 general election|
|Legislature term(s)||21st UK Parliament|
|Predecessor||First Gladstone ministry|
|Successor||Second Gladstone ministry|
February 1874 – April 1880Edit
† The Earl of Beaconsfield from August 1876.
§ The Earl Cairns from September 1878.
‡ The Viscount Cranbrook from May 1878.
- The Earl of Beaconsfield served as both First Lord of the Treasury and Lord Privy Seal from August 1876 to April 1878.
- August 1876: Beaconsfield succeeds the Earl of Malmesbury as Lord Privy Seal while remaining First Lord of the Treasury.
- August 1877: George Ward Hunt dies and is succeeded as First Lord of the Admiralty by William Henry Smith. Sir Michael Hicks-Beach, the Chief Secretary for Ireland, enters the cabinet.
- February 1878: Sir Michael Hicks-Beach succeeds the Earl of Carnarvon as Colonial Secretary. Hicks-Beach's successor as Chief Secretary for Ireland is not in the cabinet.
- April 1878: The Duke of Northumberland succeeds Beaconsfield as Lord Privy Seal; the latter remains First Lord of the Treasury. The Marquess of Salisbury succeeds the Earl of Derby as Foreign Secretary. The Viscount Cranbrook succeeds Salisbury at the India Office. Sir Frederick Stanley succeeds Cranbrook at the War Office.
List of MinistersEdit
Cabinet members are listed in bold face.
- Created Earl of Beaconsfield 21 August 1876; also Leader of the House of Commons 1874–1876 and Leader of the House of Lords 21 August 1876 – 21 April 1880.
- Slso Leader of the House of Commons 1876–1880.
- Inherited a baronetcy 1875.
- Created Earl Cairns on 27 September 1878.
- Also Leader of the House of Lords 21 February 1874 – 21 August 1876.
- Created Earl of Beaconsfield on 21 August 1876.
- Entered the Cabinet 12 August 1876.