Arthur Wellesley - 1st Duke of Wellington1841-1846Renowned for his post as Commander of the Allied Army and for defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo, Wellington was Prime Minister of Great Britain twice and later served simultaneously as Minister without Portfolio and Leader of the House of Lords in Robert Peel's second cabinet.
John Russell - 1st Earl Russell1853-1854As successor to William Gladstone, Earl Russell is considered to be the last true Whig Prime Minister and was one of only five universityeducated British Prime Ministers not to have attended Oxford or Cambridge. He served as Minister without Portfolio in the Earl of Aberdeen's government after his first terms as PM
Spencer Horatio Walpole1867-1868Great-Grandson of Horatio Walpole, the younger brother of Robert Walpole, the Whig statesman considered to be the first Prime Minister. Walpole was himself a Tory, and served, among other posts, as Minister without Portfolio under the Earl of Derby.
Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice- 5th Marquess of Lansdowne1915-1916Lansdowne served - uniquely - in both Liberal and Conservative governments, functioning as Under-Secretary of State for War in Gladstone's government and Secretary of State for War under Lord Salisbury. He served in the coalition government of Herbert Henry Asquith as Minister without Portfolio.
Arthur Henderson1916-1917Henderson was Minister without Portfolio in David Lloyd George's five-man War Cabinet and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1934 for his work as president of the League of Nations' Disarmament Conference in 1932.
Edward Henry Carson1917-1919Carson was a formidable barrister, famous for his role in the prosecution of Oscar Wilde. In his later life as a politician, Carson became known as the uncrowned King of Ulster for his fi erce opposition to British Home Rule of the whole of Ireland. He was Minister without Portfolio in Lloyd George's wartime coalition.
Anthony EdenJune-Dec 1935Eden was Minister without Portfolio for six months. He had special responsibility for the League of Nations Affairs given to him by Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin.
William Francis Deedes - Baron Deedes1962-1964Also known as Bill Deedes, he was the only Minister without Portfolio to go on to be an editor of a daily newspaper. He served in Harold Macmillan's cabinet and was later editor of The Daily Telegraph.
David Young - Baron Young of Graffham1984-1985Shortly after receiving a life peerage, Young was appointed Minister without Portfolio to advise the Thatcher government on unemployment issues. Less than a year later he became Secretary of State for Employment.
Peter Mandelson1997-1998After his controversial role as campaign director in the Labour Party's landslide election victory in 1997, Mandelson was appointed Minister without Portfolio to ensure the party operated effectively.